SNL, Dakota Johnson under fire for not-very-edgy ISIS sketch.

SNL, Dakota Johnson under fire for not-very-edgy ISIS sketch.
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Is it ever okay to make jokes about anything? The Internet wonders.


Saturday Night Live is facing some harsh criticism for a commercial parody gently titled "Father Daughter Ad." In the sketch, Dakota Johnson plays a teenage girl being dropped off by her dad. We're meant to think she's on her way to college, but her "ride" turns out to be a group of bearded men with machine guns—she's leaving home to join ISIS.

The sketch, which parodies a Toyota Camry commercial, angered some viewers, and not just because Dakota Johnson looks too world-weary to play a teenager. They wondered if it was in poor taste, and many brought up that age-old question: are we allowed to make jokes about anything serious? (By the way, the answer is yes and also calm down.)

Taran Killam, who plays the dad in the sketch, defended it on Twitter:

Killam makes a good point, though I wonder if this sketch is using satire as a weapon against ISIS. The actual target of the sketch isn't really clear. Is it young people choosing to join ISIS or just cheesy car commercials?

That said, it's definitely possible to make funny jokes about ISIS.

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