Updated 12/15/2008 10:26 PM
Paterson SNL skit reaction
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- "I know it's offensive to me, because I work every day with people who have visual impairments and hearing impairments," said Aurora of CNY Assistant Director Adele DelSavio.
DelSavio says SNL went too far with its spoof of Governor David Paterson. At a press conference Monday, the real Governor seemed to agree.
"The idea of a person rolling around the stage in a chair, disoriented, can't find anything, bumbling, in a sense, looking like a clown, is the way the disabled people are portrayed all the time," said Governor Paterson.
Governor Paterson is known for being a jokester himself and because of that, to some, his public reaction was a bit unexpected.
"I was kind of surprised that we go the response from the Governor's office that we did on this, but when I think about what they say, it makes perfect sense," said SU TV and Pop Culture Professor Bob Thompson.
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Thompson says the whole point of shows like SNL is to be outrageous.
"Comedy is all about fiddling around on those edges of social acceptability," said Thompson.
But he does think SNL has been pushing that envelope a lot lately.
"They've been developing a set of characters that one could argue look very much like what we might call the developmentally disabled," said Thompson.
And to DelSavio, that's something that's just not funny.
"Anybody who thinks that skit was funny, the people who wrote it, the people who performed it the skit, the people who approved it to be on television, they should spend one day in Governor Paterson's shoes," said DelSavio.
DelSavio thinks Saturday Night Live owes Governor Paterson an apology, while Professor Thompson told us he thinks the Governor will be invited to appear on the show.