These days, most SNL fans and haters go the internet route to voice their complaints about the show, but there are still plenty of people who file their complaints the old-fashioned way through the Federal Communications Commission. The Atlantic recently combed through three years of recent complaints made against SNL, and like most FCC complaints against comedy shows, they’re very entertaining. According to The Atlantic, the most complaints came from Texas, California, New York, Michigan, and Colorado, and “smut” and “garbage” were two of the most frequently used words in the complaints. Here are some of the best ones:
On “Dick in a Box”:
It was the Christmas show suggesting that men should give women their penis in a box as a present. I was offended, let alone thinking that younger children would have the opportunity to see the program.
Last night’s airing of Saturday Night Live … was the most filthy, obscene and objectionable program I believe I have ever seen in my life. For a 69-year-old, who has seen a lot on broadcast and cable TV, that is saying a lot … Overtly smutty skits and songs … I found it necessary after a very short while to tune out and switch to PBS, where our still civilized British cousins provide decent and enjoyable programming.
On the 2012 sketch “Wilderness Lodge” featuring a yeti as a sexual predator:
I am offended by the gay acceptance message this skit portrays.
On SNL’s “pro-homosexual” message:
And you also did nothing when they showed a pro-homosexual episode [with] multiple men making out with each other. Do you have a bias against Christianity and do you have a bias that is for promoting homosexuality?
On the reaired “Word Association” sketch with Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor:
I understand NBC wanted to maintain authenticity as the skit originally aired, but the ‘N’ word should have been bleeped.
On Cecily Strong and Vanessa Bayer’s 2013 “Porn Stars” sketch with Justin Timberlake:
Simply put an actress portraying a porn star made a direct reference to manually stimulating a horse. The term ‘Jacked off a horse’ was used.
Read the rest over at The Atlantic.