October 2, 2018

The media are giving a lot of play to Matt Damon’s mocking of Brett Kavanaugh as an angry, drunken frat boy on “Saturday Night Live.” I already noted how others have pointed out the rank hypocrisy (Damon defended Harvey Weinstein from far worse and more verifiable allegations, and he once talked about how “scorched earth” he would go on anyone who falsely accused him of sexual abuse).  But here’s yet another take that digs even deeper into the steaming dung heap of hypocrisy represented by “SNL” attacking Kavanaugh for alleged “Animal House” style, drunken frat guy behavior when he was a college student in the ‘80s. 

This article traces the history of that era of celebrating “sex, drugs and rock and roll,” and how the campaign to tear down and mock traditional, “uptight” moral standards was spearheaded by the National Lampoon and – anyone old enough to remember? – “Saturday Night Live!”  The two were inextricably entwined, with Lorne Michaels (still SNL’s producer today – it was his decision for “SNL” not even to mention the Weinstein accusations at first) stealing his cast and writers from the National Lampoon.  “SNL’s” early breakout star, John Belushi, actually starred in (to use its full name) “National Lampoon’s Animal House.”  If you remember the comic end credits, we learn that his wildman character, Bluto, is now a US Senator – and can we all agree that he’s probably a Democrat and now passing harsh judgement on the alleged college behavior of Republicans?   

Today, with the “social justice warrior” left and the more radical elements of the MeToo movement bringing back the Salem witch trials and attempting to destroy people for sins that the Left didn’t even consider sins at the time, “SNL” is desperately trying to appear “woke” and on the “safe” side of the culture war while hoping nobody remembers or holds them accountable for their role in creating the amoral, frat bro’ culture that they’re now attacking.  

When I see “SNL” criticizing anyone for allegedly behaving like the characters in “Animal House,” all I can say is:  “REALLY?!”


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  • Michael Murphy

    10/03/2018 11:20 AM

    I have to disagree with your assessment that SNL is "criticizing" anyone's behavior. I believe the word you need there is "mocking". If it were criticism then it would have used more direct quotes from the subject rather than completely made-up catch phrases to convey the sarcasm or mockery.

  • Tom Blacka

    10/03/2018 10:51 AM


    The symbol # is most commonly known as the number sign, hash, or pound sign.

    In Twitter , the word hashtag, used to refer to the symbol (#), is a combination of the word hash from hash mark and the word tag, a way to mark something as belonging to a specific category.

    The Me Too movement (or #MeToo movement), with many local and international alternatives, is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault.

    So, it seems to be ironic that this movement has chosen to use the hashtag that literally means “Pound Me Too”.