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March 16, 2009

Hawaii Tourism Upset Over SNL Skit

By Ben Sumner

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The Associated Press reports that Hawaii's lieutenant governor and some in the state's tourism industry are upset over a Saturday Night Live skit that aired March 7, 2009, claiming that it portrays Hawaii in a negative light. The skit (video below), with professional wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who once lived in Hawaii, and SNL regular Fred Armisen, is about two poorly paid stereotypical entertainers in grass skirts making the rounds at a restaurant full of tourists. Hawaii's tourism liaison told the Honolulu Advertiser that the skit is "offensive," and with the economy and tourism industry in such bad shape, anything that portrays the state negatively could affect the industry even further. You be the judge. Would you think twice about taking a trip to Hawaii, one of the most beautiful and exotic places in the United States, because of a sketch that makes fun of the divide between Hawaiian natives and tourists?

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