Saturday Night Live Sketch Stirs Controversy With Its Recommendation to ‘Let Kids Drink’

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For Mother’s Day, the cast of Saturday Night Live had some questionable advice for parents: Let Kids Drink!

Now, of course, we all know that Saturday Night Live likes to push the envelope to get a laugh. That’s just what comedy is. But let kids drink? As in alcohol? As in, let kids get drunk? And not only drink, but let’s throw in some marijuana, pills and crack while we’re at it?

I mean, let’s be honest, these times have been hard. But let kids’ drink? The cast points out, “it’s been a hard-a** time for families, feel like animals in the zoo.” So to combat the trapped feeling, break out the booze.

Sadly, alcohol consumption has increased in response to COVID-19 at-home orders.

According to the Associated Press, “U.S. sales of alcoholic beverages rose 55% in the week ending March 21, according to market research firm Nielsen. Spirits like tequila, gin and pre-mixed cocktails led the way, with sales jumping 75% compared to the same period last year. Wine sales were up 66% while beer sales rose 42%. And online sales far outpaced in-store sales.”

These statistics come as no surprise, seeing as Liquor stores across the country were deemed “essential businesses” throughout most states’ stay-at-home orders, which kept their doors open and products more available than even toilet paper.

You may be thinking, ‘people just need to have a sense of humor.’ Perma Nambiar writing at Meaww.com said, “The song managed to poke fun of how children could spend their time in quarantine as parents spend their days with them.”

But not everyone agreed. One commenter said, “A lot of people may find this funny but, things like this should have a disclaimer. Not everyone knows when not to take things literally. Probably shouldn’t have things like this on a semi-family show just to be safe.”

To be clear, Saturday Night Live is a late night television show whose prime audience is people ages 18-49. That being said, parents should know ahead of time that SNL contains sexual, political, and racial humor that may be too mature for some children.

To be honest, it was hard to sift through the YouTube comments to find negative ones. Most people (14K to be exact) gave this video a thumbs up on YouTube while only 884 people gave it a thumbs down.

You be the judge. Check out the full sketch below.

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