The clip aired on 28 February, and parodies a famous American advert showing a father, played by Taran Killam, dropping his daughter off at the airport as she goes to join the Army.
It all seems quite normal until Dakota Johnson turns to her father and says: "Dad, it's just ISIS."
She climbs into a white pick-up truck emblazoned with Islamic State flags, with her father staring at one of the gun-wielding terrorists and saying "take care of her", to which he responds "death to America".
Needless to say, large number of people weren't too happy with the joke.
— Rebecca (@becca76) March 1, 2015
Not very funny #SNL with the ISIS skit. "Take care of my daughter" referring to a group that gruesomely kills.— Randy Galloway (@Randy_Galloway) March 1, 2015
I'm going to go ahead and voice my opinion on the #SNL ISIS skit. Absolutely hell no, under any circumstance. Poor poor taste!— Matthew Lyle (@mlyle2) March 1, 2015
SNL ISIS skit also draws a moral equivalence between ISIS murderers and the U.S. Military (based on the spoofed commercial), that is wrong.— Steven Bucci (@SBucci) March 1, 2015
I say this as a life long #SNL fan. The ISIS commercial was in poor taste. Scratch that. Horrible taste.— Martin Hendrickson (@MCHinBoise) March 1, 2015
Killam responded by hailing the "freedom to mock":
Proud of this. Freedom to mock is our greatest weapon. Thanks to the writers who asked not to be mentioned by name. https://t.co/FjdX9xGewX— taran killam (@TaranKillam) March 1, 2015