A Massachusetts resident is petitioning for a formal apology from “Saturday Night Live” after the comedy sketch show made light of heroin addiction in their April 16 show.
In a faux commercial for “Heroin AM,” “SNL” cast members and host Julia Lewis-Dreyfus joked about casual heroin usage, sparking upset among some viewers. One of those viewers, a woman who says she is from Hudson, Massachusetts, launched a petition asking Lorne Michaels and the cast of “Saturday Night Live” to apologize.
Using the online petition platform Change.org, a user by the name of Reneé Cotton stated that the skit “poked fun of a very real and deadly drug epidemic in America right now [sic]” and warranted an apology.
“[The skit showed] utter disrespect to those currently struggling daily with drug addiction and to those who have lost someone to heroin previously,” the petition reads. As of press time, it received over 8,000 supporters.
Heroin addiction and related deaths are on the rise in Massachusetts, and opponents “contend the skit was insensitive,” The Boston Globe points out.
Read more on the Globe website.