The spy balloon might have been shot down from the sky but Americans still want to have a few words with it.
It’s no secret that the United States and China do not have the greatest of relationships. Most recently, the situation turned tenser when China possibly found a way to infiltrate the West with the help of a spy balloon!
One such Chinese surveillance balloon floated all the way into the territory of the United States and the country’s military shot it down before the balloon could do any ‘damage’ to the nation. The Chinese government has claimed that the balloon was only released for the purpose of civilian research. Irrespective of the reason behind its deployment, the balloon was shot down by an American missile over the Atlantic waters off the coast of South Carolina, reports TIME.
'SNL' interviews deflated Chinese spy balloon https://t.co/KCrMbkjrOo pic.twitter.com/vuGr1Wtj9g— New York Post (@nypost) February 6, 2023
Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live was quick to address the recent developments through a comedy sketch about interviewing the now-infamous spy balloon. SNL actor Bowen Yang dressed up as the Chinese surveillance balloon and through the funny sketch he touched upon the topics of body shaming, the hypocrisy of privacy concerns, and much more.
Yang, disguised as a giant white balloon, bobs in the CGI ocean as he is interviewed by fellow cast member Chloe Fineman who plays the role of an MSNBC journalist named Katy Tur. Balloon Yang confesses that he has drifted over the Montana region of America because he is a fan of a popular drama series and then takes offense when Fineman questions the size of the balloon.
“OK, ouch,” Yang said. “I’m a balloon, so that’s my body. How would you like it if someone compared your width in buses? I'm sorry I’m not camera-ready.”
The humanoid balloon swats away a seagull that appears on screen and complains about not liking the Atlantic water and then proceeds to hilariously remind people about modern society’s concerns about privacy. The comedian serves some valid points in the form of sharp jokes which poked fun at America’s obsession and love for Alexa and DNA ancestry and concerns about data privacy. “I entertain you, people, for four days, and then get shot by Biden. I can’t believe that I’m Joe’s Osama!" Yang exclaimed.
SNL wraps up the sketch by featuring an interview with a Pentagon official played by Kenan Thompson and Yang makes a clever slip of the tongue. “You’ve made it very clear that I’m not welcome here, so good job. But let me tell you something, you’re going to miss this Chinese spy balloon—I mean, a normal balloon. Damn it. Well, whatever, we already have your data,” hhe said at the end of the sketch.
Well, we might not get to know whether the spy balloon has stolen any crucial data from the USA or not but it sure did entertain us through the media for a while.
The balloon loves the show Yellowstone pic.twitter.com/5ZPC6hzA9g— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) February 5, 2023