‘SNL’ cold open roast Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Facebook

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Heidi Gardner as Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen on "Live Saturday Night" October 9, 2021.

Heidi Gardner as Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen on “Saturday Night Live” on October 9, 2021.

Live Saturday Night

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The cold opening of this week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” is aimed at Facebook. Parody of congressional hearings, in which former Facebook data engineer Frances Haugen turned over internal documents she claimed shows the damage Facebook has caused children and democracy.

Cecily Strong as Senator Dianne Feinstein on "Live Saturday Night" October 9, 2021.

Cecily Strong as Senator Dianne Feinstein on “Saturday Night Live” on October 9, 2021.

Live Saturday Night

The segment began innocently enough, with Haugen mentioning how wonderful it was to be in an office without skateboards. Then a host of senators questioned Haugen, beginning with California Senator Dianne Feinstein, played by Cecily Strong. Feinstein comes up with a hard-hitting question: “I have 2,000 friends on Facebook. Is that good? Like, is it a lot? Two thousand sounds like a lot. How many have Drake, 4,000?”

Other senators are taking part in questioning, while Senator John Kennedy is trying to clear up some questions about Facebook’s algorithm, such as: “where is it?” Senator Ted Cruz asks about the closure of extremist groups such as “How Ted Cruz has children when he’s a virgin.” Senator Lindsey Graham tells how Instagram promotes toxicity in terms of body image, in relation to him trying to get “swollen” for Comic-Con. Feinstein returns to ask about the wildly popular South Korean Netflix show “Squid Game”: “America has a lot of debt right now. Shall we make an octopus game?”

See the entire segment below.


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