We had some reservations about last Saturday’s SNL satire of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, with the crisis in Egypt being far from over and the events hardly being fodder for jokes.
But there were some uncanny similarities between Fred Armisen’s satirical portrayal of Mubarak on Weekend Update, hosted by Seth Meyers, and the Mubarak we’ve been seeing lately in the news.
Armisen portrayed Mubarak as a deluded, almost-dictator who considered himself deeply beloved by Egyptians, despite the widespread calls for him to step down.
“I have been a democratically elected president for 30 years,” said “Mubarak,” and “my approval rating is 115%!”
The only reason the people of Egypt are upset, he explained, is that the “internet is down.”
His “steps” to address the angry populace thus involved calling Time Warner Cable (“Time Warner — more like ‘Take-your-time Warner’!” he complained), as well as firing his cabinet, then “getting a new cabinet made up of fired members of my old cabinet.”
And… that’s it.
“They love me!” said Mubarak.
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