Fri. Aug 12th, 2022

“Saturday Night Live” in the weekend’s cool opening found one thing that could unite both Democratic and Republican senators – they are far too old to understand Facebook.

In the show’s opening sketch, Senator Richard Blumenthal (Mikey Day), chairman of the subcommittee, who last week heard testimony from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, thanked her for appearing before Congress.

“Thank you. It’s nice to be in an office without skateboards,” Haugen (Heidi Gardner) replied.

She said that as a former Facebook engineer, she believed that the social media site could “harm children, create division and weaken our democracy.”

“I appreciate all that,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. (Cecily Strong), replied. “My question is, I have 2,000 friends on Facebook. Is that good? … Like it’s a lot? 2,000 sounds like a lot.”

She then asked how many friends rapper Drake has, and wondered if it was around 4,000.

Haugen said the number of Drake devotees was closer to 50 million.


“Well, no wonder he never answered my shot,” Strongs Feinstein said in astonishment.

Senator John Kennedy, R-La. (Kyle Mooney), then told Haugen that he was disturbed by her testimony about Facebook’s algorithms and immediately asked “Where is it?” and began moving his hands outward to let him know “how big” the algorithm is.

“Do you have it with you now?” he asked.

Pictured from left: Musical guest Halsey, host Kim Kardashian West and Cecily Strong during campaigns for 'Saturday Night Live', October 7, 2021.

Pictured from left: Musical guest Halsey, host Kim Kardashian West and Cecily Strong during campaigns for ‘Saturday Night Live’, October 7, 2021.
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“Uh, no, but there are algorithms in all our phones and computers,” Haugen replied.

“Not mine, I have a Jitterbug flip phone,” he stated, waving a red school from an old school.

Senator Cory Booker, DN.J. (Chris Redd), used the hearing to remind everyone that he is dating actress Rosario Dawson.

“So my question is: Does it make sense? Right? Like when I’m standing next to her in a photo that looks regular, right?”

Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas (Aidy Bryant), Kennedy and Feinstein then all had questions about the memes (Cruz called it “meh-may”) that appeared on their feeds, including a picture from an old book series “Animorfer” of a girl gradually changing into a mouse.

Feinstein worried that Facebook was pushing teens “to slowly turn into mice.”

“Is this Stuart Little Challenge?” she asked.

Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C., (James Austin Johnson) said the meme reminded him of something he saw on the dark web, which led Cruz to ask if the dark web was “the same as Black Twitter.”

“Please order! Stop showing Haugen memes you found online,” Blumenthal asked, knocking on the hammer.

“It’s meh-may,” Cruz corrected.

Blumenthal then quickly shut down Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s attempt at a video response, and chose to download “AND Social Media King” – Tom from MySpace.

“Do you remember me? I was harmless,” said MySpace co-founder Tom Anderson, (Pete Davidson), who became fondly known as “Tom,” every MySpace user’s first friend on the outdated social media platform.

“I’m not doing any of that weird algorithm. We hardly maintain the website. So come by and check out your friend’s band from 20 years ago and let’s make America’s top eight again,” he said.


Reality TV star Kim Kardashian toured the show with musical guest Halsey, who was joined on stage by Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.

Others who made cameo appearances during the evening included Kardashian’s mother Kris Jenner; comedian Chris Rock; wrestler-turned-actor John Cena; and NBA player Blake Griffin.

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