‘SNL’ cold open: Facebook unites Republicans and Democrats — in befuddlement


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This week’s show pokes fun at the hearing of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen on Capitol Hill

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This weekend’s cold open “Saturday Night Live” found one thing that could unite both Democratic and Republican senators — they’re all too old for Facebook to understand.

In the show’s opening sketch, the subcommittee chairman Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Mike Day), which heard Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony last week, thanked him for appearing before Congress.


“Thanks. It’s nice to be in the office with no skateboards,” replied Hogen (Heidi Gardner).

He said that as a former Facebook engineer he believed the social media site could “harm children, promote division and undermine our democracy.”

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“I appreciate all of that,” Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-California. (Cecile Strong), replied. “My question is, I have 2,000 friends on Facebook. Is that good? … Like a lot? 2,000 sounds like a lot.”

Then he asked how many friends rapper Drake had, wondering if it was about 4,000.

Haugen said the number of Drake devotees was closer to 50 million.

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“Well, no wonder he never answered my blow,” Strong Feinstein said in surprise.

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La. (Kyle Mooney) then told Haugen that he was disturbed by his testimony about Facebook’s algorithms and immediately asked “Where is it?” And began to move his hands outwards to tell him “how big” the algorithm is.

“Do you have it now?” He asked.

“Uh, no, but all of our phones and computers have algorithms,” Haugen replied.

“Not mine, I have a Jitterbug flip phone,” he informed, brandishing an old-school red cell.

Sen. Corey Booker, DNJ. (Chris Redd) uses the hearing to remind everyone that he is dating actress Rosario Dawson.

“So my question is: Does that make sense? Well? Like when I’m standing next to him in a picture, he looks regular, doesn’t he?”

sense. Ted Cruz, R-Texas (Eddie Bryant), Kennedy and Feinstein all then had questions about the memes (Cruz called it “meh-me”) that were appearing on their feeds, including those from an old book series. Also included was an image “Animorphs” of a girl slowly turning into a mouse.

Feinstein was concerned that Facebook was pressuring teens to “slowly transform into mice.”

“Is this the Stuart Little Challenge?” He asked.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.C., (James Austin Johnson) said that the meme reminded him of something he had seen on the dark web, which prompted Cruise to ask whether the dark web was “the same as Black Twitter”. thing.”

“Order, please! Stop showing Ms. Hoggen the memes you found online,” Blumenthal pleaded, pounding the gavel.

“It’s meh-may,” corrected Cruz.

Blumenthal then quickly shut down Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s video response effort, opting to bring in Tom from MySpace—the “OG social media king.”

“Remember me? I was harmless,” said MySpace co-founder Tom Anderson, (Pete Davidson), affectionately known as “Tom,” the old first friend of every MySpace user on the social media platform. .

He said, “I’m not doing any weird algorithmic stuff. We barely maintain the website. So let’s go and look at my friend’s band from 20 years ago and get America in the top eight again.”

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian hosted the show with musical guest Halsey, who was joined on stage by Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsay Buckingham.

Others who made cameos during the evening included Kardashian’s mother Kris Jenner; comedian Chris Rock; Wrestler-turned-actor John Cena; and NBA player Blake Griffin.

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