Saturday Night Live is being taken to task this week after airing a commercial parody that showed guest host Dakota Johnson (50 Shades of Grey) joining up with ISIS.

Based on a recent Toyota commercial that shows a young girl’s father dropping her off to join the Army, the show repurposed the premise to show a father (Taran Killam) dropping his daughter (Johnson) off to join ISIS.


The sketch was likely inspired by recent reports of three British girls and one Canadian girl leaving their homes to join the organization, and showed Johnson riding off with an ISIS representative played by Kyle Mooney.


And finally, the clincher:


Not surprisingly, a large swath of the show’s viewership was not pleased. However, cast member and “ISIS Dad” Killam stood by the sketch in a tweet yesterday afternoon.

Satire or not, many viewers were still unsettled by the parody commercial’s implications.

Then, of course, others spoke out in defense of the sketch’s satirical elements:

In the end, we’re playing right into their hands – institutions like SNL exist to be talked about and remain relevant in popular culture. While they don’t always nail everything with pinpoint accuracy (and good lord are those opening sketches long), at least we are talking about it, aren’t we?

[h/t Gothamist]