Cold opening of “SNL”: Facebook unites Republicans and Democrats – in confusion
“Saturday Night Live” in the open cold this weekend found one thing that could unite Democratic and Republican senators – they’re all too old to understand Facebook.
In the show’s opening skit, Senator Richard Blumenthal (Mikey Day), chairman of the subcommittee that heard testimony from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen last week, thanked her for appearing before the show. the Congress.
“Thank you. It’s nice to be in an office without skateboards,” replied Haugen (Heidi Gardner).
She said that as a former Facebook engineer, she believed the social media site could “harm children, fuel division and weaken our democracy.”
“I appreciate it all,” Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. (Cecily Strong), answered. “My question is, I have 2,000 friends on Facebook. Is that good? … Is that a lot? 2,000 sounds like a lot to me.”
She then asked how many friends rapper Drake had, wondering if there were around 4,000.
Haugen said the number of Drake followers was closer to 50 million.
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“Well, no wonder he never responded to my nudge,” Strong’s Feinstein said in amazement.
Senator John Kennedy, R-La. (Kyle Mooney) then told Haugen he was confused by his testimony about Facebook’s algorithms and quickly asked “Where is he?” and started moving her hands outward so she would let him know the “size” of the algorithm.
“Do you have it with you now?” ” He asked.
“Um, no, but there are algorithms in all of our phones and computers,” Haugen replied.
“Not mine, I have a Jitterbug flip phone,” he informed, holding up an old-fashioned red cell phone.
Senator Cory Booker, DN.J. (Chris Redd), took advantage of the hearing to remind everyone that he is dating actress Rosario Dawson.
“So my question is, does that make sense? Doesn’t it? Like when I’m standing next to her in a photo, it looks normal, doesn’t it?”
Senators Ted Cruz, R-Texas (Aidy Bryant), Kennedy and Feinstein then all had questions about the memes (Cruz called him “meh-may”) that appeared on their feeds, including a picture of an old woman. “Animorphs” book series of a girl gradually turning into a mouse.
Feinstein feared Facebook would pressure teens “to slowly turn into mice.”
“Is this the Stuart Little Challenge? ” she asked.
Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C. (James Austin Johnson) said the meme reminded him of something he had seen on the dark web, which prompted Cruz to ask if the dark web was “the same as Black Twitter”.
“Order, please! Stop showing Ms. Haugen memes you found online,” Blumenthal pleaded, slamming the hammer.
“It’s meh-may,” Cruz corrected.
Blumenthal then quickly ended the attempted video response from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, opting for the “OG social media king” – Tom of MySpace.
“Do you remember me? I was harmless,” said Tom Anderson, co-founder of MySpace (Pete Davidson), who has come to be known affectionately as “Tom,” every MySpace user’s first friend on the outdated social media platform.
“I’m not doing any weird algorithm stuff. We barely maintain the website. So come see your friend’s band from 20 years ago and let’s put America in the top eight again,” he said. -he declares.
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Reality TV star Kim Kardashian hosted the show with musical guest Halsey, who was joined on stage by Fleetwood guitarist Mac Lindsey Buckingham.
Other people making a cameo appearance during the evening include Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner; actor Chris Rock; wrestler turned actor John Cena; and NBA player Blake Griffin.