Kate Mckinnon’s Saturday Night Live impression of Laura Ingraham and the moderator of Reddit’s anti-work subreddit became subjects of Fox News’ agenda this week, compliments of Ingraham and Jesse Watters.
Ingraham responded to McKinnon’s impression by doing one herself, while mentioning the “low-hanging fruit provided by Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi” during her performance. The host then offered to appear on SNL to impersonate the House speaker free of charge.
Despite the viral popularity of McKinnon’s parodies, GOP’s former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who was guesting on The Ingraham Angle, deemed the SNL skit a failure.
“Saturday Night Live could be funny, but it isn’t,” Huckabee said. “And in part, because they just don’t seem to have any sense of self-awareness that there is another side of the political aisle where the real comedy is going on right now.”
But SNL wasn’t the only target this week, Jesse Watters interviewed anti-work subreddit moderator Doreen Ford in a segment titled “The War On Working.” Previously, Fox News has claimed that the subreddit was fueling an alleged “Great Resignation,” and suggested it may result in participants’ “great regret.”
Watters inquired why Ford “likes the idea of being home, not working, but still getting paid by corporate America.”
Ford responded to Watters, saying: “There are some misconceptions about the movement. We’re a movement where we want to reduce the amount of work that people feel like they’re forced to do. And so, we want to still put in effort. We want to put in labor, but we don’t want to necessarily be in a position where we feel trapped.”
Watters reinforces his own claims by questioning if Ford is simply “encouraging people to be lazy.” Ford appeared uneasy, and said that the idea of the movement was—despite the title anti-work—not entirely about not working. Ford herself claimed that she was employed as a dog walker and worked 20-25 hours a week, along with having professional aspirations of teaching philosophy or critical thinking.
Watters said he would “love to take” Doreen’s prospective class and would be “taking notes the whole time.” He then remarked that Doreen’s choice of professor did not stray far from “something [Doreen] is imagining” and that it would “work perfectly” for her.
Needless to say, members of the subreddit were unhappy with the outcome of the Fox News appearance. One user claimed that “the mod team there should be very ashamed. I don’t know why they thought that was a good idea lol.” Another user expressed that they “can’t believe how painfully ironic it is that you [moderators of r/antiwork] have some authority and you exerted it incorrectly and then immediately refused to acknowledge it or correct it on this sub which is literally dedicated to holding those who do exactly what you did accountable”. That post has since been taken down, after receiving 100 awards from Reddit users in the span of one hour.
The subreddit has since gone private with a message that reads, “We’re closed while we deal with the cleanup from ongoing brigading, and will be back soon. (You don’t need to request to join. We’ll be back real soon. I promise.)”
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