Now, this is a clear sign of the times because a sketch like this would’ve never even aired nowadays. Back in 1994, SNL aired a sketch with Alec Baldwin and Adam Sandler in which Baldwin played a scoutmaster that was making very inappropriate advances toward Sandler, a boy scout called Canteen Boy.
As was to be expected, the sketch became very controversial, due to many people finding it made fun of sensitive issues. Surprisingly, SNL still includes it in some show re-runs, with a clear disclaimer that states Sandler’s character is actually 27 years old.
Elvis Costello is Banned for Changing His Mind
Back in 1977, the Sex Pistols were supposed to perform on SNL but canceled last minute. So, Elvis Costello was booked. As Costello was performing his famous son “Less Than Zero”, he thought it would be better to play something else since the song is about British politics and Americans probably wouldn’t understand it.
Costello stopped playing after a few seconds and switched to playing “Radio Radio”. This was considered such a faux pass that he was banned from SNL. But it’s all good, he got invited again twice some years later.
Chelsea Clinton Gets Picked on in a 'Wayne's World' Sketch
Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey did a hilarious “Wayne’s World” sketch back in 1992 and decided it would be a good idea to include Chelsea Clinton as the butt of their jokes. At this time, Chelsea Clinton was 12 years old, and her mom didn’t take too kindly to her daughter being mocked on TV.
Hillary Clinton was so mad that they had to remove the sketch from all re-airings of the show. The White House even received an apology letter from Mike Meyers.
Sam Kinison Takes Stuff Too Lightly
Back in the 80s, talking about illegal medication or even making any references was a huge no-no on national TV. And NBC was no exception. This is what caused famous comedian Sam Kinison to be severely reprimanded when he made a joke about these topics.
Kinison made a remark during the show saying, “You can’t get any more pot. If you give us back the pot, we’ll forget about harder things.” You can only imagine the faces of NBC executives watching SNL that night.
System of a Down Cheated the System
System of a Down was invited as a musical guest in May 2005, and one of the show’s conditions what that they censor their lyrics. However, the band said that they would not do this under any circumstance. So, instead of canceling, the showrunners decided they would simply mute any F-word or swearing each time it appeared in a song.
They almost managed to censor everything when, at the last minute, Daron Malakian, the band’s lead singer yelled out “f*!ck yeah!” when the song was over!