Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Saturday Night Live (Saturday, October 4, 2008)

Tina Fey made her third triumphant appearance this season as Sarah Palin on this past weekend's Saturday Night Live in a send-up of this past week's Vice-Presidential debate between Palin and Joe Biden.

Though it was hysterical (even featuring a cameo by Queen Latifah as debate moderator Gwen Ifill), I have to admit I was a little unnerved when SNL regular Jason Sudeikis (as Joe Biden) made a somewhat shockingly negative speech about Scranton. Granted, it was quite funny, but shocking nonetheless.

Jason Sudeikis
as Sen. Joe Biden:

You know I get a little tired of being told I'm an insider. I come from Scranton, Pennsylvania! And that's as hard-scrabble a place as you're gonna find. I'll show you around some time and you'll see. It's a hellhole! An absolute jerkwater of a town! You couldn't stand to spend a weekend there. It is just an awful, awful sad place filled with sad, desperate people with no ambition! Nobody, and I mean nobody, but me, has ever come out of that place! It's a genetic cesspool! So don't be telling me that I'm part of the Washington elite, because I come from the absolute WORST place on Earth: Scranton, Pennsylvania! And Wilmington, Delaware is not much better.

If you missed it Saturday, check out the extremely funny video above (the Scranton reference begins at 5:38). To read the complete transcript of the fake debate on SNL, click here.

I would love to hear your opinions on this. Feel free to vote in the poll on the top lefthand side of the blog, or post a comment--do you think the Scranton reference was funny or offensive?