The Baton Rouge native Louis Herthum-starring Toyota commercial, which first aired during the 2015 Super Bowl, got a controversial parody on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
The original, feel-good television ad, opening with the words “Being a dad is more that being a father,” shows actor Herthum ever-present for his young on-screen daughter during poignant moments in her life, from helping soothe her broken heart, to supporting her choice to enter the U.S. Army, dropping her off at the airport, tears in his eyes.
In the parody, the young girl, played by show host and actress Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) is instead joining extremist Islamist rebel group ISIS, jumping on the back of a truck full of ISIS members, and with an Islamic State flag on its side. “SNL’s” Taran Killam played the father on last night’s segment.
As the truck pulls away, an actor is heard yelling “Death to America!”
Social media response was immediate and divided, some calling the skit “appalling” and the live comedy series, which recently marked its 40th anniversary, “depraved.” Others termed it “hilarious.”
The parody comes just days after news reports that seven teens — three British girls and four Canadians — are believed to have run away to join ISIS.