SNL and host Tif fany Had­dish go af­ter sex­ual mis­con­duct

The Prince George Citizen - - FRONT PAGE - Elahe IZADI The Wash­ing­ton Post

From pol­i­tics to en­ter­tain­ment, head­lines for weeks have been dom­i­nated by sto­ries of pow­er­ful men be­ing ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

So Satur­day Night Live tried to ad­dress it through­out the show.

For the first time since re­turn­ing to air this sea­son, the cold open didn’t fea­ture Alec Bald­win play­ing Don­ald Trump. But the show kept the fo­cus on pol­i­tics, with a sketch about al­le­ga­tions that Se­nate can­di­date Roy Moore pur­sued a 14-year-old when he was 32.

“Vot­ers in Alabama will never elect some­one who’s had re­la­tions with a mi­nor,” Beck Ben­nett’s vice pres­i­dent Mike Pence said. SNL’s Roy Moore re­sponded: “You sure about that?”

“It’s hard to con­vince peo­ple that you’re not into young girls when you dress like Woody from Toy Story,” Ben­nett’s Pence said, adding that Moore needs to “do the right thing.”

“All right, if every­one thinks I did it, I’ll marry her,” the Moore char­ac­ter an­swered.

The open­ing sketch also dropped the show’s first Louis C.K. men­tion. (The co­me­dian, who has hosted SNL nu­mer­ous times, said this week that the sto­ries from women ac­cus­ing him of sex­ual mis­con­duct were true).

“Even I heard about Louis C.K. and I’m not al­lowed to watch TV,” Ben­nett’s Pence said. “I’m only al­lowed to lis­ten to it.”

Tif­fany Had­dish – who made his­tory Satur­day as the first black fe­male stand-up to host SNL – de­liv­ered a lively mono­logue and talked about how she gets her news from chat­ter at the beauty sa­lon:

“We’ve been talk­ing about the whole sex­ual ha­rass­ment stuff that’s been go­ing on, and look here, OK, guys? Fel­las, I got a tip for y’all. I like to call it Tif­fany’s tips – it’s a Tiff tip,” she said. “Lis­ten fel­las, lis­ten, OK – if you got your thing-thing out, and she’s got all her clothes on, you’re wrong! You’re in the wrong! Wait till she takes off her own clothes, then pull your thing-thing out, OK?”

The topic didn’t come back up un­til Week­end Up­date.

“Well, it’s a good week­end to stay inside since it’s 20 de­grees out and every­one you’ve ever heard of is a sex mon­ster,” Colin Jost cracked, with photos of C.K., Kevin Spacey, Har­vey We­in­stein and Moore on the screen.

Jost told more jokes about Moore and tied them back to C.K. with­out ever men­tion­ing the comic’s name.

“How are we still sur­prised that some­one who puts the Ten Com­mand­ments up ev­ery­where doesn’t fol­low them? What’s next? It turns out the guy who al­ways jokes about mas­tur­bat­ing wasn’t jok­ing about mas­tur­bat­ing?” Jost said as a photo of C.K. per­form­ing popped up.

Michael Che brought up one of the points that has been used to de­fend Moore: the age gap be­tween Mary and Joseph. “Oh, that’s what you’re go­ing for, Roy Moore was try­ing to make a Je­sus? I guess R. Kelly was just try­ing to make it rain for 40 days and 40 nights.”

Ce­cily Strong ap­peared as Claire from HR to go through sev­eral ob­vi­ous ques­tions and an­swers on what’s ap­pro­pri­ate in the work­place. She’s clearly fraz­zled, get­ting lunch from CVS and drink­ing from a bot­tle of hand san­i­tizer. “It’s been a crazy week,” she told Jost. “I haven’t been home in three days.”

Her first ques­tion: “What is the ap­pro­pri- ate way to han­dle a work­place re­la­tion­ship? A: In­form some­one from HR. B: Lock her in a room and make her look at it. Or C: Bully her out of the en­tire in­dus­try.”

Jost an­swered “in­form HR,” and Claire is re­lieved. “Oh good, you got it! You’d be sur­prised how many peo­ple get that wrong – you lose your damn mind, ah!”

Jost passed the quiz. “I’m sure I’ll be back next week,” Claire said, “and the week af­ter that, be­cause all of this isn’t just a scan­dal, it didn’t just start last week, it’s just ac­tual re­al­ity for half of the pop­u­la­tion.”

Later in the show, some view­ers be­came pretty un­com­fort­able with a doc­u­men­tary sketch about fe­male re­searchers in the 1960s who tried to teach a dol­phin to talk. The an­i­mal couldn’t fo­cus once it hit breed­ing age, and the re­searchers (played by Kate McKin­non and Aidy Bryant) talked about hav­ing to plea­sure the dol­phin to do their work. (It turns out that the sketch may have been loosely based on a real-life story.)

Had­dish’s char­ac­ter, a fel­low re­searcher, chan­nels all the shock and dis­gust the au­di­ence may have felt about it. She reads from her field notes: “No, no, no! That’s nasty! All of you are nasty, sick peo­ple.”

WILL HEATH, NBC PHOTO

Tif­fany Had­dish de­liv­ers the open­ing mono­logue on Nov. 11 dur­ing Satur­day Night Live.

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