Video: Saturday Night Live's 'Heroin AM' Mock Ad Outrages the Humor-Impaired

Earlier this month, Saturday Night Live did one of its famed mock commercials, but this one struck a raw nerve with some viewers. The mock ad was for "Heroin AM," a product aimed at people who want to stay productive while chasing the dragon. In addition to junk, the product also contains caffeine and a pile of cocaine.

"I wanna use heroin, but I also wanna get stuff done," explained one chirpy housewife.

"I can get jacked on skag and then get to work," chimed in another housewife played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Her job is driving a school bus full of children.

The bit is as much a jab at the normalization of opiate addiction as anything, as well as a nice poke at American capitalism's seemingly endless ability to define a solution to your problem and then sell it to you.

But some viewers were outraged, resorting to Twitter, Facebook and online petitions to scold SNL for, uh, making a joke about something as deadly serious as heroin. But that's what comics do. In fact, they probably take the outrage as a measure of their success.

Here's the commercial:


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