Saturday Night Live (SNL) parodied Fox News’ coverage of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine by ridiculing hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham.
The show opened with a segment titled “Fox News Ukrainian Invasion Celebration Spectacular,” with a tongue-in-cheek voice-over commenting that it was filmed live at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
Shortly after, the camera switched to Kate McKinnon as Ingraham and Alex Moffat as Carlson, with the pair saying they were hosting a fundraiser for Russia’s elite, the ‘real victims’ of this invasion”. A video of the sketch can be viewed here.
Moffat and McKinnon alluded to previous comments by Ingraham and Carlson on Fox News, which some perceived as supportive of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Moffat, as Carlson, tackled the issue head-on, commenting, “I kept asking ‘why do we hate Putin?’ Aren’t liberals in America even worse?”
McKinnon’s Ingraham then added: “Tonight we’re going to catch up. We’re raising money for the real victims of this invasion. The oligarchs.
“Because we have to think about the babies, their sugar babies. Who’s gonna pour vodka in their mouths? So many excited mouths to feed.”
Moffat attempted to encourage donations by commenting, “So please open your wallets and because it’s Fox News, send money or take out a reverse mortgage.”
He then referred to the recent collapse of the Russian currency and said, “So far we have raised over 8.3 billion rubles, which is almost $12.”
James Austin Johnson also did another trick as Donald Trump who ran the phone lines and parodied the former president’s habit of going off on a tangent during his speeches.
Moffat then introduced Bowen Yang as Steven Seagal a “great American patriot, so great that he left America and became a Russian citizen.
Yang as Segal said: “Putin and I are, as they say in ancient Japan, Eskimo brothers.
The segment ended with James Austin Johnson singing “a little song from me to you” – aimed at Putin.
He sang, “Your looks are laughable, unphotographable. Yet you are my favorite work of art.”
Kremlin-backed media aired translated clips of Carlson, apparently in an effort to spread Putin-approved messages.
Earlier this week, Carlson and retired Colonel Douglas Macgregor discussed the situation in Ukraine.
Macgregor said: “What’s happening now is that the battle in eastern Ukraine is really almost over, all the Ukrainian troops there have been largely surrounded and cut off…and if they don’t surrender in the next 24 hours, I suspect the Russians will eventually wipe them out. The game is over.
Russian news network VGTRK appeared to agree with Macgregor, saying Ukraine should surrender as the fighting was “hopeless”.
Before Putin ordered the February 24 invasion of Ukraine, Carlson found himself on Russian television screens after asking why so many Americans had a negative view of Putin.
“Has Putin ever called me a racist? asked Carlson. “Did he threaten to fire me for disagreeing with him? Carlson asked rhetorically. “Did he send all the middle-class jobs from my town to Russia? Did he fabricate a global pandemic?
“Vladimir Putin did none of that, so why does permanent Washington hate him so much?” asked Carlson.
Newsweek contacted Fox News for comment.