SNL Limbaugh Drug Skit Controversy
NBC’s comedy depiction of talkradio king Rush Limbaugh passed-out in vomit from drug abuse ignited backstage outrage at SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.
The animated sketch left one senior production source stunned and outraged, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. “Would we have done this to [John] Belushi? [Chris] Farley?” the source said on Sunday from New York. The source asked not to be identified fearing retribution from SNL’s executive producer Lorne Michaels.
“We’ve had more fu**ing drug addicts on this show through the years… more tragedy. I have lost count. Did we ever have some laughs about Robert Downey Jr.’s serious drug addiction?”
The crass montage which aired on NBC featured Limbaugh vomiting from drugs on a bathroom floor, in an apparent overdose. Last year, Limbaugh announced to his radio audience that he was seeking treatment for an addiction to pain medication.
Truly bizarre. I typically TiVo SNL and watch the opening skit and then fast forward, stopping for Weekend Update and any political sketch. I actually turned it off this week halfway through the opener, which consisted of some incredibly lame potty jokes that were apparently written by a 9-year-old.
Further, as I noted at the time Limbaugh’s addiction was revealed, becoming addicted to prescription pain medication is hardly comparable to being a coke addict. Surely, one can have sympathy for someone, even one whose politics one disagrees with, who needs strong medicine to deal with an injured back. Taking illegal substances for recreational purposes is somewhat less laudable.
Michelle Malkin has more on the skit, which was apparently crude and unfunny even aside from the Limbaugh material.