BY LIFE MATTERS MEDIA STAFF
“Saturday Night Live” poked fun at nursing homes and senior sex with a 4-minute sketch starring Emmy-winning actress Kate McKinnon as a 90-something grandma.
Visited by grandchildren (Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner) in her nursing home, McKinnon seems dazed. Her doctor (Kumail Nanjiani) explains that’s a side-effect of penicillin for her Gonorrhea, which she’s contracted numerous times from other residents (and maybe some staff).
“Nobody’s taking advantage of her,” Nanjiani tells her shocked grandkids. “They’re running a train, but she’s the conductor.” McKinnon, who hardly says anything, has a smirk on her face.
The sketch has garnered mixed reviews, and some viewers criticized it on social media. More than 1.4 million Americans live in nursing homes, and many fear abuse from residents and staff.
How can SNL be so funny and on target and also be so cringe worthy? That nursing home sketch was singularly awful, in the worst way.
— Rosemary G. Feal (@rgfeal) October 15, 2017
Last night’s SNL with @kumailn was great except for that nursing home skit which was not actually funny considering real nursing home abuse.
— Rafranz Davis (@RafranzDavis) October 15, 2017
“A late episode sketch about McKinnon as a 91-year-old nursing home resident with an extremely active sex life failed to rise above the supposedly shocking level of ‘old people doin’ it,'” wrote Paste’s Garrett Martin, adding that it felt “a bit formless and aimless, ending suddenly.”
But the International Business Times’ Nicole Massabrook named the sketch one of the night’s best because “the old folks here aren’t just playing bingo.”
Uproxx’ Dan Macrae called the sketch “delightfully pervy and oddly empowering.”
– Image: SNL screen shot