‘SNL’ weaponizes propaganda about Ukraine to influence laughter

In the imagination of “Saturday Night Live”, Russian propaganda went far beyond targeting uncles, aunts, grandmothers and grandfathers with information. designed to influence elections in the United States.

As Russia accumulated more than 100,000 troops At its border with Ukraine in recent weeks, the show envisioned Russian propaganda based on popular culture, designed to generate support for an invasion.

In the chilling opening, President Joe Biden, played by James Austin Johnson, was briefly introduced by advisers and military personnel in the White House as he weighed the nation’s options.

They warned him about Russian propaganda headlines circulating on Facebook in Ukraine, including, “Ukraine border infringes on Russian troops.”

But one adviser, played by Ego Nwodim, told the president that not every example is alarming. “Those are the people who said Retired Tom Bradyso treat it like a grain of salt,” she said.

Another Facebook headline was presented to the president: “US CDC strongly recommends Russia invade Ukraine.”

When asked if that’s true, Biden said yes, but only for a few months in 2020. “Science changes so quickly,” he said.

Chloe Fineman appears in the opening sequence of “Saturday Night Live” on January 29, 2022.NBC

Another propaganda headline said, “Neil Young removes music from Spotify unless Ukraine surrenders. “

In fact, Young recently gave streaming service Spotify an ultimatum to remove his music or remove the show, “The Joe Rogan Experience” because of vaccine misinformation. Spotify says it will remove Young’s music.

Russian propaganda on “SNL” includes various media, including a meme and even a video made to look like a TV commercial for State Farm.

On the spot, midfielder of the Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgerswho was criticized for avoiding vaccinations, said, “Like a good neighbor, Russia is there.”

The “Weekend Update” news segment also focuses on Russia’s aggressive stance on the border with Ukraine.

But co-host Colin Jost noted Ukraine wishes to calm nerves and avoid panic after a top Ukrainian security official described the panic as “sister of failure.”

“Am I mistaken,” Jost said as the image of Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump appeared. “I thought Ivanka was the sister of failure.”

Colleague anchor Michael Che noted US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is awaiting retirement Amid calls from some liberal activists that he resign now, as Democrats hold the White House and Senate.

Che said Breyer was the subject of malicious tweets.

“I sympathize with Breyer as I get these same tweets every Saturday night around this time,” Che said.

Willem Dafoe hosts the show. Katy Perry was a guest at the musical.

NBC Entertainment, which broadcasts “Saturday Night Live”, NBC News and Peacock are all subsidiaries of NBCUniversal.

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Jake Nichol

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