Fifty Shades star ‘joins ISIS’ in spoof video

Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson has stirred controversy after appearing in a Saturday Night Live skit. (Photo courtesy: YouTube)

Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson has stirred controversy after appearing in a Saturday Night Live (SNL) skit about joining the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group.

In the spoof video, the actors parody a Toyota advert in which a father bids farewell to his daughter who is joining the U.S. Army.

In SNL’s version, however, Johnson plays the role of a daughter who is set to join the extremist group, in a skit some have deemed distasteful.

SNL cast member Taran Killam plays the role of the father who tells his daughter: “You be careful, OK?”

As Johnson steps out of the car, she looks back at the father, beams and says “It's only ISIS, Dad.”

Then Johnson gets into a pick-up truck with gun-wielding actors playing ISIS fighters while Killam asks them to “take care of her.”

In response, the fighters say “Death to America.”

The spoof video ends with a voiceover saying: “ISIS: We'll take it from here, Dad.”

The clip garnered some harsh reviews, with social media users branding it offensive.

One Twitter user wrote: “Horrible opening for @nbcsnl #ISIS Are you nuts?! Not funny AT ALL!!”

Another tweeted: “And SNL goes a tad too far. Not funny. Not at all. #EpicFail.”

However, user Tracey Ferguson tweeted: “SNL has always tackled controversial stuff & found ways to make it humorous. Ppl [sic] these days get upset over everything.”

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45
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