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
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.”