Video: ‘SNL’ spoofs GM CEO’s congressional hearing on ignition switch recalls –

Posted: Monday, April 07, 2014
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 DETROIT, MI- “Saturday Night Live” used its cold opening this past weekend to spoof General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra’s April 1 congressional hearing about the delayed recall of 2.6 million vehicles due to faulty ignition switches.

During the four-minute skit, Kate McKinnon, playing Barra, pokes fun at the 52-year-old executive for not being able to answer numerous questions about the recalls and her use of the “old” and “new” GM.

“The first rule of ‘new GM’ is you never talk about ‘old GM,’ ” McKinnon says in response to a question from U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (Bobby Moynihan) about who she replaced at GM.

She also responded to numerous questions with iterations of, “We’re looking into that” and “that’s part of our investigation.”

In reality, Barra, who has been CEO less than three months, was questioned by more than 20 members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation for over 2 1/2 hours regarding the delayed recall of 2.6 million vehicles following reports of at least 13 deaths and 31 front-end crashes linked to faulty ignition switches.

Members of the panel interrupted and cut Barra off numerous times during the hearing, as the 52-year-old exec tried to replace “yes” and “no” answers for longer ones that were many times focused on the “new GM” rather than the pre-bankrupt company that approved the ignition switches knowing they didn’t meet the company’s own specifications.

Barra, who started as CEO on Jan. 15, also testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance on Wednesday about the recall.

Others parodied in the skit were Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa. (Taran Killam); Rep Diana DeGette, D-Colo. (Cecily Strong); and Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. (Mike O’Brien). 

Upton, in the sketch, questioned if this is how GM has “decided to thank our country” for the 2009 auto bailout.

She resonds by saying, “Your honor, may I approach the exit?” Upton says no and reminds her that he is not a judge.

Click here for more on the GM’s ignition switch recall.

Michael Wayland covers the automotive industry for MLive. Email him at & follow him on Twitter @MikeWayland or Google+.


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