This week, Saturday Night Live opened with a hilarious interview with the Chinese spy balloon that the Biden administration successfully shot down earlier in the day. But this wasn’t just any interview – it was with the balloon itself! In a funny, yet poignant, conversation with Chloe Fineman’s Katy Tur, the balloon revealed its motivations and addressed the controversy surrounding its presence in Montana.
“Well, you got me. Congrats, you shot a balloon,” Bowen Yang told Chloe Fineman’s Katy Tur, repurposing his iconic portrayal of the iceberg that took down the Titanic and applying it to the massive surveillance device. He went on to explain that he was only flying over Montana because he loves Yellowstone so much. “Everyone is being surveilled constantly, but it always ‘shoot the balloon’ and never unplug Alexa!” he added.
The balloon also addressed the controversy surrounding its presence in Montana, asking “Is everyone freaking out because I’m a Chinese balloon? Because where I come from, I’m just a balloon.” He also made a point about the way people treat their data, saying “If you care so much about your data, why do you all keep your bank password in your notes app?”
The balloon ended the interview with a parting line that was both funny and a little bit ominous: “You’re going to miss this Chinese spy balloon—I mean, normal balloon. But whatever, we already have your data.”
The interview was a great way to start off the show and provided a unique perspective on the controversy around the Chinese spy balloon. It was both entertaining and thought-provoking, and it’s definitely worth a listen! For more, listen and subscribe to The Last Laugh podcast.