Saturday Night Live has always made fun of presidents. Liberal, conservative, the presidents affiliation didn’t seem to matter. Not long after Donald Trump won the election in 2016, actor Alec Baldwin has been portraying the president in the skits of SNL. Former SNL cast member, Rob Schneider, has now spoken out about how things have changed on the show since he left. In speaking with The Daily News, Schneider feels that the show has now shown their hand as to what side of the political spectrum they support.
“The fun of ‘Saturday Night Live’ was always you never knew which way they leaned politically. You kind of assumed they would lean more left and liberal, but now the cat’s out of the bag they are completely against Trump, which I think makes it less interesting because you know the direction the piece is going.”
It’s no secret that a good deal of those in Hollywood lean to the left, politically speaking.
“Alec Baldwin is a brilliant actor… he’s not a comedian. I don’t find his impression to be comical,” he added. “Because, like I said, I know the way his politics lean and it spoils any surprise. There’s no possible surprise. He so clearly hates the man he’s playing.”
The actor and stand-up comedian pointed to Dana Carvey’s portrayal of President George H.W. Bush as how things should be done.
“Carvey played it respectfully. To me, the genius of Dana Carvey was Dana always had empathy for the people he played, and Alec Baldwin has nothing but a fuming, seething anger toward the person he plays.”
I haven’t been a regular viewer of Saturday Night Live for quite a while, though I have seen clips of Baldwin’s Trump impression, and I think it is a good impression. While you can definitely see Baldwin’s personal political leanings coming through, just like any American, he has a right to express his opinions, as does Rob Schneider.
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Source: New York Daily News