SNL sketch parodying TikTokers meeting with White House divides internet

Saturday Night Live parodied the White House meeting with 30 TikTokers over the Ukraine conflict, and while some loved the cold, others weren’t such a fan.

On March 10, 30 popular TikTok influencers were invited to a Zoom meeting with White House press secretary Jen Psaki, among others. They have been updated on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine as TikTok has become a source of information for many.

On a March 12 episode of Saturday Night Live, the cast parodied this meeting between influencers and the White House in their cold atmosphere.

James Austin Johnson played President Biden, and he was joined by a host of “influencers,” including a CW actor, prankster “Jason Derulo,” and Charles F. D’Amelio.

“People are saying this is the first war to be fought on TikTok, which is tough for me because I’m the landline number for the presidents,” Johnson said, like Biden said.

Some viewers enjoyed the parody, with one commenter writing, “I have to admit this is one of the best cold openings I’ve seen in years.” Others described the skit as “hilarious.”

However, others weren’t fans of the cold and shared their thoughts on social media.

“Tonight’s opener is tragic,” one user wrote, claiming the current situation is nothing to joke about “even on SNL.”

Another said: “Cringey boys. Not even remotely funny.”

TikTok logo on a dark background
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TikTok is becoming a big topic of conversation as it grows in popularity.

This isn’t the first time SNL has parodied a major event in the social media world. In April 2021, following the Vlog Squad controversy, they mocked YouTuber David Dobrik with their own fake influencer, Marky Munro, in a video that received millions of views.

They also parodied the TikTok For You page later in December, with Billie Eilish taking part in recreating some classic trends from the app. SNL sketch parodying TikTokers meeting with White House divides internet

Emma Bowman

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