'SNL' cold open: Facebook unites Republicans and Democrats — in befuddlement

“Saturday Night time Are living” on this weekend’s chilly open discovered something that might unite each Democratic and Republican senators  – they’re all too outdated to know Fb.

Within the display’s opening caricature, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Mikey Day), chair of the subcommittee that heard testimony ultimate week from Fb whistleblower Frances Haugen, thanked her for showing earlier than Congress. 

“Thanks. It’s great to be in an place of job without a skateboards,” Haugen (Heidi Gardner) spoke back. 

She stated that as a former Fb engineer she believed the social media web site may “hurt kids, stoke department and weaken our democracy.”

“I respect all that,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. (Cecily Robust), spoke back. “My query is, I’ve 2,000 pals on Fb. Is that just right? … Like is that so much? 2,000 feels like so much.” 

She then requested what number of pals rapper Drake has, questioning if it used to be round four,000.

Haugen stated the collection of Drake devotees used to be nearer to 50 million. 


“Smartly, no surprise he by no means spoke back my poke,” Robust’s Feinstein stated in astonishment. 

Sen. John Kennedy, R-L. a.. (Kyle Mooney), then instructed Haugen he used to be disturbed by means of her testimony about Fb’s algorithms and promptly requested “The place is it?” and started shifting his palms outward for her to let him know “how giant” the set of rules is.

“Do you’ve gotten it with you currently?” he requested.

Pictured from left: Musical guest Halsey, host Kim Kardashian West, and Cecily Strong during promos for ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Oct. 7, 2021.

Pictured from left: Musical visitor Halsey, host Kim Kardashian West, and Cecily Robust throughout promos for ‘Saturday Night time Are living,’ Oct. 7, 2021.
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“Uh, no, however there are algorithms in all our telephones and computer systems,” Haugen spoke back.

“Now not mine, I’ve were given a Jitterbug turn telephone,” he knowledgeable, brandishing an old-school purple cellular. 

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. (Chris  Redd), used the listening to to remind everybody he’s relationship actress Rosario Dawson. 

“So my query is: Does that make sense? Proper? Like after I stand subsequent to her in a photograph, that appears common, proper?”

Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas (Aidy Bryant), Kennedy and Feinstein then all had questions concerning the memes (Cruz referred to as it “meh-may”) that had been appearing up on their feeds, together with a picture from an outdated ebook collection “Animorphs” of a woman step by step becoming a mouse.

Feinstein fearful that Fb used to be pressuring teenagers “to slowly morph into mice.”

“Is that this the Stuart Little Problem?” she requested.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., (James Austin Johnson) stated the meme reminded him of one thing he noticed at the darkish internet, which precipitated Cruz to invite if the darkish internet used to be the “identical factor as Black Twitter.” 

“Order, please! Prevent appearing Ms. Haugen memes you discovered on-line,” Blumenthal pleaded, pounding the gavel. 

“It’s meh-may,” Cruz corrected. 

Blumenthal then temporarily close down Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s try at a video reaction, opting to herald the “OG social media king” — Tom from MySpace.

“Consider me? I used to be risk free,” stated MySpace co-founder Tom Anderson, (Pete Davidson) who turned into lovingly identified simply as “Tom,” each MySpace person’s first buddy at the superseded social media platform.

“I’m now not doing any of the bizarre set of rules stuff. We slightly take care of the web page. So come on by means of and try your buddy’s band from 20 years in the past and let’s make The usa most sensible 8 once more,” he stated.


Fact TV megastar Kim Kardashian guest-hosted the display with musical visitor Halsey, who used to be joined onstage by means of Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. 

Others making cameo appearances throughout the night time integrated Kardashian’s mom Kris Jenner; comic Chris Rock; wrestler-turned-actor John Cena; and NBA participant Blake Griffin.

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