SNL’s two-minute parody aired Saturday and spoofs a Toyota commercial in which an American father chokes back tears as he drops his daughter off at an airport, where she’s met by men in fatigues. Presumably, she’s off to join the military.
SNL lampooned the commercial by replacing the men in military uniforms with bearded combatants sitting in the back of a pickup truck that’s adorned with ISIL’s black flag.
The daughter, played by “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson, assures her father she’ll be safe ("Dad, it’s just ISIS"), and makes her way over to the armed men. Her father, Taran Killam, tearfully tells one of the fighters, Kyle Mooney, "Take care of her," to which he calmly replies, "Death to America."
The moment shared between the two men looks as heartwarming as it is ridiculous. It has also been seen as a brilliant commentary on ISIL’s success in attracting Western recruits, and on its profound ability to promote itself to sympathizers in the same vein as the U.S. military: a defensive force necessary to preserve their national values and particular way of life.
However, SNL is not the first comedy sketch group to confront ISIL’s extreme violence and ideology with satire. In the Middle East — including communities most at risk by the armed group — comedians have targeted ISIL for its brutality, its literal interpretation of Islam, and its hypocrisy.
Below are five ISIL parody videos that have gone viral in the Middle East.