Saturday Night Live (SNL) did a parody of the congressional hearing for tonight's episode with GM's CEO Mary Barra for the opening sketch over the General Motors (GM) ignition switch recall. (In case you didn't know GM knew of the problem but didn't recall millions of vehicles which lead to 13 known deaths at the current time.) Barra was played by SNL cast member Kate McKinnon who did a good job of playing the role not answering questions.
The opening sketch highlighted how during Mary Barra's testimony before Congress she dodged questions and avoided answering anything that members of Congress threw her way. The way SNL portrayed it she essentially acted like she didn't know anything and wasn't aware of any problems GM had over the ignitions switches, steering columns, and other faulty mechanical components. This has lead many to say Barra has done as good a job of being an automaker CEO as any man… since you just don't give any straight answers.
The Saturday Night Live segment also touched on how the GM honchos and executives are trying to point out the differences between “Old GM” and “New GM” which is sort of a ridiculous. Why? Because US taxpayers bailed them GM out back in 2009 and the company would not be around today if we hadn't done that. Marry Barra's SNL sketch touched on this still sore point for many Americans.
Hate to say this but when SNL rips you in it's opening sketch for the week you pretty much know that your public relations is not going very well. In addition your PR team isn't doing it's job very well and probably should be fired.
The Mary Barra GM ignition recall skit appeared on April 5th, 2014 with Anna Kendrick hosting and Pharrell Williams as the musical guest. (They were not part of the opening sketch though.)
Did you see the SNL sketch making fun of the GM congressional hearing with Mary Barra? If you did, what did you think of it? Did Kate McKinnon portray Barra accurately? Does GM deserve to be ridiculed on Saturday Night Live? Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts.
UPDATE: The video was not avaialbe to openly share by Saturday Night Live and NBC when I posted this but now it is. Check it out here!