Did Dakota Johnson's 'SNL' ISIS Sketch Go Too Far?

by Jackie Willis 4:16 AM PST, March 02, 2015
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One of the sketches Dakota Johnson starred in during her hosting stint on Saturday Night Live this weekend is causing some controversy.

SNL aired a sketch that made light of reports that several teen girls in both the U.S. and London have fled to Syria to join ISIS, which some didn't see as a laughing matter. In the pre-taped Toyota ad parody, Johnson is seen being dropped off at the airport by her dad, played by Taran Killam, and exchanging teary goodbyes in the car.

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While it's presumed she's going off to college, a pickup truck pulls up donning bearded men and similar black flags to that of the Islamic extremists group (which reportedly read "We only want brains" and "I love cats").

"Dad, it's just ISIS," the Fifty Shades of Grey star says before jumping into the back of the truck and proceeding to help shoot up the airport.

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At the closing of the sketch, a joking slogan reads: "ISIS, we'll take it from here, Dad."

While many found the sketch to be offensive, others, including Killam, defended SNL's right to make light of such a serious situation. "Proud of this. Freedom to mock is our greatest weapon," Killam tweeted. "Thanks to the writers who asked not to be mentioned by name."

Did you find SNL's ISIS sketch to be offensive?