NY Governor: SNL Promotes Insensitivity Against Disabled

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. (AP) -- The legally blind governor of New York says a second parody of him on the television show "Saturday Night Live" promotes insensitivity against the disabled.

Democratic Gov. David Paterson said Thursday that the show's continued parodies hurt disabled people not in a position to fight back.

A segment on Paterson aired last week featured "SNL" cast member Fred Armisen - with one eye closed most of the time, the other focused on his own nose - unable to see fellow cast member Seth Meyers or a prop. Armisen portrayed the governor as a clueless blind man with a past of youthful drug use and womanizing.

NBC spokeswoman Sharon Pannozzo says neither the network nor the show would comment on Paterson's remarks.

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  • by J Location: Gville on Feb 13, 2009 at 07:02 AM
    OMG people. Turn off your tv's. I agree that some stuff they do is uncalled for, but you knw what, if you can't laugh at yourself, then you should get a different life. If you do something stupid and you are in the public eye, you get every bit of ridicule that you ask for!
  • by Manda Location: Havelock on Feb 13, 2009 at 06:10 AM
    You know as a huge fan of SNL, I think they have gone too far lately. What is next? "making fun" of different racist, animal cruelty, maybe even a stunt on abortion? What can be found funny with someone who is disabled is beyond me. There are lines that should not be crossed. As a mother of 2 I hate that shows like this are making it even more complicated to raise compassionate, respectful children. God help our future generations.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Feb 12, 2009 at 06:32 PM
    SNL is politically incorrect all the time.But most of it is directed at the conservative Republicans. Because the majority of the SNL cast are bleeding heart Commie liberals to the core.
  • by Honorable Bloggie Location: NC on Feb 12, 2009 at 05:55 PM
    Belittling someone due to his/her handicap is not politics; that is bigotry. It sure is not the "right" thing to do! But hey, how many comedians are "right"? It's something that he is going to eventually have to get over; however, I won't say it will be easy for him or any other disabled person to do so. It's sort of mocking them in a way.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 12, 2009 at 04:09 PM
    If you can't stand the heat of politics, then you need to stay out of the political kitchen. Get over it!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 12, 2009 at 03:59 PM
    He'll have another wake call when he runs for election at end of term. Wow, a politcian with thin skin.
  • by P Location: Fayetteville on Feb 12, 2009 at 03:17 PM
    Enough already of the politically correct lets get back to normal. If you are in office you are also the subject to comedy plain and simple!
  • by Yeah on Feb 12, 2009 at 02:56 PM
    Dude, that's what SNL does. Get over it. If you are going to be in the public spotlight, be prepared to be joked on by the cast of SNL.

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