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Gov. Patterson not amused by 'SNL' send-up

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Did you laugh at the "Weekend News Update" bit on "SNL" this weekend making fun of New York Gov. David Paterson? The guv did not.

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The governor, who's blind, found the skit insulting to people with disabilities.

"The governor is sure that 'Saturday Night Live,' with all of its talent, can find a way to be funny without being offensive," Paterson spokesman Errol Cockfield said in a statement Sunday. "Knowing the governor, he might even have some suggestions himself."

The skit that aired Saturday featured "SNL" cast member Fred Armisen as Paterson, who must appoint someone to replace Sen. Hillary Clinton. Armisen said he has three criteria for filling the job: economic experience, upstate influence and someone who is disabled and unprepared for the job -- like himself. He held up a chart illustrating the state's job losses upside down.

National Federation of the Blind spokesman Chris Danielsen said the portrayal suggesting Paterson as befuddled and disoriented because of his blindness is "absolutely wrong."

No one from NBC, which produces SNL, could be reached for comment early Monday morning.

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part of being disabled is knowing when to laugh at yourself, or else
your disability will get you down. Why you think it's called a comedy show.

Pretty tasteless.

When I saw the skit I must admit I laughed but after reading what the Governor had to say about it, I must admit that I agree with him and wonder why I was so quick to laugh it up. Here is a man who seems totally competent and who happens to be blind. Why play up that part of his character? Anyway, SNL has not been funny for a long time. The only thing that revived them a little bit was the election.

The old SNL crews were at least politically savvy to know why people and situations were funny. In addition, Blagojevich's real voice is much funnier than giving him a Chicago accent. So they missed their target on two fronts in the episode.

I don't think this is funny.

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