LONDON: A clip from Saudi Arabian TV show “Studio 22” went viral on social media on Tuesday for poking fun at US President Joe Biden and his Vice President Kamala Harris.
In the clip, Biden is portrayed as elderly and incapable, falling asleep mid-sentence, while his vice president, played by a male actor in drag, can be seen telling the president what to say and correcting his mistakes.
At the end of the one-minute clip, Biden falls asleep with Harris holding him upright, shouting: “Clap for the president.”
“Studio 22,” now in its second season, is a comedy show broadcast during Ramadan by MBC Group and available via the streaming platform Shahid.
The series tells the story of a satellite TV channel facing bankruptcy and its owner’s desperate efforts to continue running the business despite devastating losses. The new season has mocked other world leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
CNBC News Anchor Hadley Gamble shared the video with the tweet: “SNL of Saudi?”
The SNL of Saudi ? https://t.co/hxFOpQe5bP— Hadley Gamble (@_HadleyGamble) April 12, 2022
The clip, similar in style to the popular US show “Saturday Night Live,” amassed more than 3 million views on Twitter and was widely circulated among a Western audience, with many praising MBC for its portrayal of Biden.
A Saudi TV station mocks Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.— Greg Price (@greg_price11) April 12, 2022
Many users agreed with the clip, with one tweeting: “Disgustingly true,” and another saying: “The Saudis get it lmao.”
Disgustingly true! https://t.co/eSCx7AYlUU— Succeednow (@Succeednow) April 12, 2022
The Saudis get it lmao https://t.co/QbzAgKTTA5— The Mahvelous Mistah Marle (slots filled) (@mrmvqboy) April 12, 2022