publicly criticize in a humorous way
lampoon - mock
To ‘lampoon’ means to use irony, sarcasm, and ridicule through speech, images, or text to publicly criticize or mock somebody or something. Even though humour is employed, such criticisms are often quite scathing. In the case of a person, it can negatively impact the way they are viewed by the public by reducing them to a figure of fun.
The aim of the political cartoon was to lampoon the government’s handling of the crisis.
Much to his disgust, the President is frequently lampooned in the media.
The comic is a notorious lampooner of celebrities from writers to movie stars.