Hawaiians Irked Over 'SNL' Skit
Last weekend's "Saturday Night Live" included a skit set in a Hawaiian resort. In it, SNL host Dwayne "No Longer Nicknamed '...
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.
From the AP:
When a woman gushes about being in Hawaii for her honeymoon, telling the entertainers "it must be fun working here," they respond sarcastically.
"Yeah, it's great. They make us wear grass skirts," Armisen says. "We make $7 an hour. It's a dream job."
Johnson tells one visitor: "It's a fun fact about Hawaii. Our biggest export is coffee. And our biggest import is fat white tourists!"
He 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 "lei-ed."
Hawaii officials are none too pleased.
Hawaii 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.
The 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.
SNL stirred some more state-level controversy earlier this season, with a depiction of New York Gov. David Paterson, who is blind, as a bumbling, clumsy guy who kept walking in front of the camera.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
To Collect Debts, Nursing Homes Are Seizing Control over Patients29 minutes ago
California Court-Ordered to Make Timely Decisions on Medicaid Coverage39 minutes ago
After Arrest, New York Speaker Temporarily Relinquishes Duties49 minutes ago
Scott Walker Pushes Drug Testing for Government Aid59 minutes ago
Worried About Safety, Sheriffs Pressure Google to Disable App's Police-Tracker1 hour ago
Chris Christie Launches PAC1 hour ago