SNL isn’t fit for purpose anymore.
Lou Lenehan

He is both, all at once the buffoon and the danger, with the former emboldening and empowering the latter to an even scarier extent.

It would be more insightful and powerful for them to focus on the latter; this would undoubtedly be more helpful to the audience by really putting to light how terrible of a person he is.

But to expect them to hit on the deeper point when they are built for comedy (which the buffoon aspect easily allows for) is giving the program more credit than they deserve.

Can they? Yes, and they can do well in that aspect if they so desire. But while we can hope for more of this and want to hold them to a higher standard, we should realize how unlikely it is that they will be able to hit on the deeper point with consistency when that isn’t their overriding goal.

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