SNL sparks outrage with mocking take on anti-Semitism hearings, making GOP Rep. Stefanik the subject of a joke

  • Consistently, the left-leaning sketch show attempted to skewer the Republican congresswoman who made campus chapters anti-Semitic
  • Penn President Liz Magill eventually resigned from her post after a backlash over her controversial testimony in Congress

Viewers were outraged after SNL’s cold open Saturday night mocked last week’s congressional hearings on anti-Semitism on campus.

The opening sketch tried to play down the college presidents’ lack of testimony, but their efforts drew few laughs.

A backlash ensued online, with viewers criticizing the sketch for trying to undermine the seriousness of anti-Semitism on American college campuses in the weeks following the Oct. 7 terrorist attack.

The pre-written sketch was also released just hours after University of Pennsylvania President Amy Magill — whose testimony before the House panel appeared particularly smug — resigned in disgrace after a poor performance over the past eight weeks.

SNL newcomer Chloe Troast portrayed Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the chairwoman of the House Republican Caucus and a staunch supporter of former President Trump.

SNL newcomer Chloe Troast portrays Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), chair of the House Republican Caucus and loyal supporter of former President Trump

In a moment meant to poke fun at Stefanik’s auditory performance — which was generally widely praised — she said, “I’m going to start yelling questions at these women like Billy Eichner.”

“Anti-Semitism – yes or no?” she yelled at the three women playing college presidents.

‘Yes or no! Is calling for genocide against the Jews against Harvard’s code of conduct?’

The actress, who plays Harvard University’s Claudine Gay, replied: “Well, it depends on the context.”

‘What? That can’t be your answer,” Troast’s Stefanik responded, echoing the pair’s shocking real-world interaction.

“Upenn lady, same question, yes or no?” she asked the actress who plays Magill.

“If you don’t say yes, you’re going to make me look good, which is really, really hard to do,” she continued. “So I’ll ask you directly.” Do you think genocide is a bad thing?’

iHeart Radio host Mark Simon wrote to X after the skit: “Only a hate-filled, anti-Semitic SNL would do a skit about anti-Semitic college presidents testifying before Congress and make questioning Congresswoman Stefanik the target of the skit.”

“They (SNL) — weirdly — tried to skewer Elise Stefanik (who by all accounts won the day) as a shrill. I guess I was under the misconception that calling a woman ‘squeaky’ was sexist,” another user wrote.

A third disgusted user wrote: “Salute SNL, everyone. Since they haven’t been funny in years, now they’ve just gone beyond comedy and become one big joke. I’m not sure which is more unfortunate, this vague attempt at comedy or mocking those who oppose anti-Semitism at a time like this. dirt.

As the sketch went down with both the live and online crowd, the real Stefanik was sending a scathing indictment of Magill and other university presidents following the news of Penn’s president’s resignation.

“One down. Two to go,” she wrote.

SNL creator and longtime executive producer Lorne Michaels is Jewish and was born in a kibbutz in what was then British-mandated Palestine before moving with his parents to Toronto.

Under his continued leadership, the show has moved particularly far left during the Trump years, using much of its airtime to criticize the political right and mock those who oppose woke politics.

College presidents (Ego Nwodim, L, Chloe Fineman, R) answer questions from members of Congress about anti-Semitism on their campuses during the SNL cold open
SNL newcomer Chloe Troast played Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Molly Kearney (R) played Rep. Virginia Foxx
The players tried to poke fun at last week’s hearing, when the presidents of Harvard, MIT and Penn gave unconvincing testimony to Congress about combating anti-Semitism on their respective campuses

Harvard President Claudine Gay at a congressional hearing on campus anti-Semitism
MIT President Sally Kornbluth’s testimony was widely criticized
Amy Magill’s feeling was the last straw that ended up costing her her Ivy League job — though she’ll remain a law professor

Magill was criticized for her testimony, in which she said that reprimanding students who call for Jewish genocide was not overriding but “contextual” specific.

She was asked a yes-or-no question about whether calls for genocide against Jews count as hate speech and repeatedly said it depends on the context.

On Wednesday, she tried to clarify her comments, but the damage was done: A wealthy alumnus pulled a $100 million donation, and her remarks were roundly condemned by the ADL, the White House and politicians everywhere.

Magill issued a scathing video statement attempting to explain his failure to condemn calls for genocide against Jews on college campuses.

She said she was not “focused” on the issue and said she wanted to “make it clear” that calls for genocide were “evil, plain and simple” – although she said her university’s policies and the constitution were to blame. than with her.

Magill said: “There was a moment during yesterday’s congressional hearing on anti-Semitism when I was asked if calling for the genocide of Jews on our campus would violate our policy.

“At that point, I was focused on our university’s long-standing policies — consistent with the U.S. Constitution — that say speech alone is not punishable.

“I wasn’t focused on, but I should have been, on the irrefutable fact that calling for the genocide of the Jewish people is calling for some of the most horrific acts of violence that human beings can commit. It’s evil, plain and simple.

The real Elise Stefanik (pictured) celebrated Magill’s resignation on Saturday by sharing a message that began: “One down. Two remain

Magill said he hopes to draw a line in the sand and clarify his position.

“I want to be clear: the call for the genocide of the Jewish people is threatening, deeply so,” she said.

“He deliberately aims to terrorize people who have been subjected to pogroms and hatred for centuries and were victims of mass genocide during the Holocaust.

“In my opinion, that would be harassment or intimidation.”

But, Magill said, it’s not officially classified as harassment — a policy she said is outdated and in need of review.

Magill pledged to work to update the existing rules.

“For decades under multiple Penn presidents and consistent with most universities, Penn’s policies have been guided by the constitution and the law,” she said.

“In today’s world, where we see signs of hate spreading across our campus and our world in a way not seen in years, these policies need to be clarified and evaluated.

“Penn must begin a serious and careful review of our policies.”

She concluded that she is “committed to a safe, secure and supportive environment so that all members of our community can thrive.” We can and will fix it.

On Thursday, as the House Education Committee said it was looking into the matter further, the board of Wharton — the world’s first business school, founded in 1881 at the University of Pennsylvania — said Magill should resign.

In a letter addressed to her, they say the university’s management must change “with immediate effect”.

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