There's probably no one public figure who has been the focal point of as many petitions this year than one Donald Trump, business mogul and Republican presidential hopeful.
This Saturday (November 7), Trump is set to host "Saturday Night Live," the long-running variety show that's been known to send up current events and politicians without batting an eyelash.
Seems like this weekend might be...somewhat different, given Trump's unapologetic remarks about immigrants (he called Mexican immigrants "rapists" in his presidential announcement speech), women (the Megyn Kelly "blood" comment stands out) and more.
Earlier this week, black activist group ColorOfChange handed over a petition with a reported 30,000 signatures demanding that NBC disinvite Trump from hosting duties. There are also reports of offers from another group to pay an audience member to disrupt the show by yelling that Trump is a racist during filming.
Let's take a look at what the outrage is over.
It legitimizes Trump as a candidate.Scott Olson Getty Images News
There's nothing like free publicity for a campaign, and splashing Trump across an hour and a half of highly watched free airtime is a huge opportunity for him as a candidate. Not to mention the quotability factor of "Saturday Night Live": there's a good chance we'll be seeing echoed jokes about Trump's opinions and rhetoric amplified across the Twittersphere for weeks to come.
Other candidates aren't getting the same shot.Getty Images News/Charlie Leight
Yet, at least. Hillary Clinton made a cameo on the season opener, but so far, NBC has not announced plans for other candidates to take on hosting duties. Trump is hardly the first politician to host, and it's not his first time hosting either, but it's hardly the norm for the leader of the polls to host the entire show almost exactly one year out from the election.
Equal time rule, what?Getty
Federal campaign law states that when a candidate is given unpaid time on a network, the network must also give any other candidate who requests it equal time. The rule was meant to foster debate, but can we expect to see Clinton, Ben Carson or any other 2016 hopeful taking advantage of the FCC's law and asking for the own block of time on the show? Sorry, all other famous people, it would appear that "SNL" has its hosts for the rest of the season lined up.