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Lighten Up, America

By Dustin Rowles | Saturday Night Live | April 18, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Saturday Night Live | April 18, 2016 |

We’ve made a concerted effort around these parts to stay away from curated Twitter outrage. You can find an asshole who will take an opinion on anything on Twitter, but just because two or three chuckleheads cry reverse racism on The Wiz or suggests that godless Olivia Munn ruined Aaron Rodgers doesn’t make it a mainstream news story.

I thought for sure that the “outrage” over SNL’s Heroin A.M. commercial was another one of those instances where the media was generating a story over a smattering of people who were offended.

Apparently not.

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“The skit was distasteful, inappropriate, and irresponsible,” a Wisconsin sheriff wrote. “The skit, whether intended or not, appeared to promote the use of this deadly drug.”

No, not it didn’t. It was a joke on a satirical sketch comedy. A JOKE. SNL is not advocating the use of heroin. It is not suggesting that heroin use is funny. It is merely suggesting that, in this fast-paced world of ours, a little heroin/cocaine/caffeine concoction might help us get through the day.

Besides, as good as the commercial was, it was not as good as Jim Carrey’s Fat Busters sketch several years ago, which was basically a commercial for a great new diet supplement called PURE RAW CRYSTAL METH.

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