Saturday Night Live can always be counted on to weigh in on the hottest topic in the news, and this week's cold opening was all about the Gen. David Petraeus scandal. But if the show was trying to bring something new to the conversation, the writers failed miserably. SNL spoofed a book reading for Petraeus' mistress Paula Broadwell and her biography of the general, All In, that was just more of the same "other woman" backlash we've been seeing for the past week.
We get it, Paula Broadwell and Gen. David Petraeus did very naughty things with one another. But what's the public's real concern here?
To watch the SNL spoof was to assume that the public figure who abused America's trust matters little. What we really care about is that a hot woman was doing something sexy, and we might be able to get all the dirty details? Just take a look at the skit:
Ah, the tired temptress tack.
I'd like to say that SNL was trying to make a mockery of America's obsession with titillation. But that could have been done just as easily with an actor playing Petraeus rather than a Broadwell stand-in.
Their decision to put a good looking woman at the center hammers home that this whole debacle has done more to shame Broadwell and Jill Kelley than it has to bring men who abuse their powerful positions to heel. Did these women make mistakes? Certainly. But theirs were of the private variety. And they were hardly alone.
Men like Gen. David Petraeus, on the other hand, stand accused of much worse, like possibly leaking public documents and wasting their on-the-job time on frivolous email relationships.
If we want to stop these sort of actions from our top brass, we need to keep the conversation where it should be: on them and their misdeeds. Let's leave the "other women" alone -- they didn't do this alone. And they aren't the real villains.
Did you think the SNL skit was funny or are you tired of all the hate being dropped on Paula Broadwell's shoulders?
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