The Saturday Night Live episode that aired on February 4 featured Melissa McCarthy impersonating the already infamous White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, and of course another spot-on Alec Baldwin impersonation of Donald Trump. The Trump Administration was so insulted by the parodies that Spicer was forced to give a statement on behalf of the White House about the SNL sketches.
Spicer thought that McCarthy “could dial back” her ruthless portrayal of him a bit. He advised that McCarthy “needs to slow down on the gum chewing; way too many pieces in there,” referencing her portrayal of his habit of swallowing packs of gum a day.
Spicer was then forced to defend his boss’s overgrown and overly sensitive ego. Remarking on Alec Baldwin’s Trump impersonation, Spicer told the press, “Alec has gone from funny to mean, and that’s unfortunate. ‘SNL’ used to be really funny. There’s a streak of meanness now that they’ve crossed over to mean.”
Even during the campaign, Trump was unable to cope with any mockery or parody from SNL, and his ascension to the presidency hasn’t changed anything. The White House is has become an institution devoted to shoring up the president’s image in the face of satirical television. As amusing as this state of affairs is, it is also reminiscent of a real autocracy.
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Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.