EAST ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — “Saturday Night Live” is taking some heat from parents and local officials after airing a skit depicting adults taking so-called ‘heroin pills.’
The sketch, which aired on the popular late-night television show’s broadcast on Saturday, showed a mock advertisement for “Heroin AM,” a fictitious pill meant for adults and parents who looked to be productive while also taking the drug. The sketch starred actress Julia Louis Dreyfus, who hosted the April 16 show.
In response to the skit, Suffolk County legislator Tom Cilmi is demanding for Louis-Dreyfus and the producer of the show to apologize for the satire.
According to Family and Children’s Association President Dr. Jeffery Reynolds, heroin-related deaths are higher in Suffolk than in any other county in New York State, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.
“It makes a mockery out of what’s a very serious brain disease and I try to think about, suppose they had done this with pancreatic cancer, or breast cancer, or Alzheimer’s, and I can’t imagine them getting away with it,” Dr. Reynolds said.
Dr. Reynolds said he believes “SNL” should be using their large reach to educate about the dangers of heroin use.
“I think there is certainly room for an apology, especially to the families,” Dr. Reynolds said. “Beyond that, they should be using all that power they have to help us end this crisis. This should be and all-hands-on-deck kind of thing.”
An NBC spokesperson declined to comment.