Sep 30, 2016 6:58 PM GMT
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/can-snl-take-down-donald-trump-is-it-going-to-try/2016/09/30/598e2a04-868f-11e6-a3ef-f35afb41797f_story.htmlThe promotional video for the upcoming season-opener of “Saturday Night Live” hit the Internet this week like a “Star Wars” trailer, with dramatic lights and pounding music....
...For some, Donald Trump isn’t funny anymore. And that has prompted some writers, actors and producers behind SNL to ask this question: What if he wins? And will anyone blame them if he does?
“The more you descend into his kind of incoherent sensibility, the closer you get to the truth of who he is,” said Baldwin, who initially hesitated to take a role previously assigned to SNL regular Darrell Hammond.
“He’s running the ball 95 yards down the field, I can’t believe how far he’s come, and he fumbles the ball again,” Baldwin said. “He picks it up, he fumbles again, and he keeps getting closer. I watched the debates and I thought, ‘Oh, my God.’ For a lot of my friends, a lot of this isn’t funny anymore. When he was a sideshow, it was funny. Now he’s the nominee, and it’s not funny. It’s agonizing.”
SNL, which regularly draws around 6 million to 7 million viewers, has come under pressure to frame the election in starker terms than last season. But although the show’s “Weekend Update” segments tend to skew left, the presidential parodies are trickier. Other comedy shows might get didactic; Saturday Night Live aims to mirror and parody what voters already know. In an interview this week, SNL’s founding producer, Lorne Michaels, rejected the idea that the show could change minds....
...“No one’s mind is being changed,” Baldwin said. “I don’t think me playing Trump is going to change anything on those metrics. The people who love Trump hate my guts already.”