Last weekend's "Saturday Night Live" included a skit set in a Hawaiian resort. In it, SNL host Dwayne "No Longer Nicknamed 'The Rock' " Johnson and cast member Fred Armisen depicted workers at the resort who rain on tourists' vacations by complaining about their state.
When a woman gushes about being in Hawaii for her honeymoon, telling
the entertainers "it must be fun working here," they respond
"Yeah, it's great. They make us wear grass skirts," Armisen says. "We make $7 an hour. It's a dream job."
tells one visitor: "It's a fun fact about Hawaii. Our biggest export is
coffee. And our biggest import is fat white tourists!"
later deliberately knocks over the drinks of a customer who points to
the flower lei around his neck and makes a lame joke about getting
Hawaii officials are none too pleased.
Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona said he's worried the skit might hurt the
state's biggest industry and plans to send a letter in protest to Lorne Michaels, the NBC program's executive producer.
skit "went too far in its negative depiction of Hawaii's native people
and tourism industry," Aiona said. He added he wouldn't let "such
distortions go unchecked" when the economy is doing so poorly.
Zach Patton -- Executive Editor. Zach has written about a range of topics, including social policy issues and urban planning and design. Originally from Tennessee, he joined GOVERNING as a staff writer in 2004. He received the 2011 Jesse H. Neal Award for Outstanding Journalism
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