The Rock had a pretty solid outing while hosting his fifth episode of Saturday Night Live, performing some hilarious individual sketches and a few duds for a strong finish to the season. One particular sketch, which will pretty much be known as the “child molesting robot” sketch from here on out, was one of the best sketches of the night but elicited a decidedly mixed reaction from the audience.
The bit, which was definitely one of the darker sketches SNL has aired in a while, ended with a surprising punchline that had some of the internet roaring with approval. But some others were decidedly on the other side of the fence and didn’t appreciate SNL airing it in the first place, with or without the punchline’s twist. Of course, it’s impossible to tell whether the people who are upset even watched as far as the punchline but whatever the reason, people were displeased.
Many of the reactions stemmed from the fact that the sketch ever made it to air, protesting against finding humor in children being harmed — even if there wasn’t actually any child molestation on air (obviously).
Other reactions were mostly okay with the sketch and saw the humor (even if it was dark) in it, while also questioning how this might affect The Rock’s long-term “political aspirations.”