SNL almost joked about Malaysia Airlines missing flight

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Michael Che’s Malaysia Airlines missing flight “joke” on Saturday Night Live season 40 finale’s Weekend Update

As many of you may not know, Saturday Night Live (SNL) is an American late-night live TV sketch comedy and variety show that has been around for more than 40 years. It entertains its mature audiences with bold satirical gags, parodying culture, politics and current issues as a form of criticism. It’s the kind of show that would likely get people arrested and charged for sedition if anyone did anything similar here in Malaysia.

In the Weekend Update segment of SNL’s season 40 finale (episode 21 hosted by Louis C.K.) where they always poke fun on current issues and reported incidents with sarcasm and puns, it was revealed by the segment’s hosts, Colin Jost and Michael Che, that many of their jokes this season during dress rehearsals, and one of the latter’s jokes were about the Malaysia Airlines’ planes that disappeared, which explains why none of the previous episodes ever directly mentioned about incidents since it happened. You can check out that brief moment in the following video;

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Saturday Night Live almost joked about Malaysia Airlines missing flight.#SNL #Malaysia #MH370 #MH17Posted by on Monday, 18 May 2015

Now it’s obvious that it’s deliberately written and planned for the reoccurring character Riblet (played by cast member Bobby Moynihan) to come out and interrupt Michael Che from actually telling the Malaysia Airlines joke. Although I’m curious to know if there really was a joke about this and what it was if there really was one, it would’ve been completely insensitive of them if they really did tell a joke about it. They could’ve easily joked about some areas (like how it was handled) but they chose to only indicate that they knew about the unfortunate incidents, and they’re going to keep their humour and criticisms to themselves.

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