Rat­ing SNL’s fi­nal de­bate sketch

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

AWEEK af­ter draw­ing an un­happy re­sponse from Don­ald Trump for its por­trayal of him in its spoof of the sec­ond pres­i­den­tial de­bate, Satur­day Night Live didn’t back down on the third one.

Fea­tur­ing the de­bate again in its cold open – this time with Tom Hanks play­ing mod­er­a­tor Chris Wal­lace – Alec Bald­win’s Trump was as brutish and of­fen­sive as ever.

At one point, Trump for­gets the name of Mex­i­can Pres­i­dent En­rique Peña Ni­eto and calls him “Señor Gua­camole”, his wife “Taquito”, and his kids “Chips” and “Salsa”. He of­fers the world’s most me­an­der­ing and non­sen­si­cal an­swer to a ques­tion about the Iraqi city of Mo­sul. There’s even a sub­tle jab at Trump’s strange com­ment that he would date daugh­ter Ivanka if she weren’t his daugh­ter.

The sketch had some fun with the au­di­ence laugh­ter that was clearly heard when Trump said that no­body re­spects women more than he does. It zooms out to outer space to show the whole planet laugh­ing at the com­ment.

And, yes, there were jabs at Clin­ton, too. When asked about her emails, she of­fers the most trans­par­ent pivot ever to avoid an­swer­ing the ques­tion. There is a jab at her in­stantly ex­ploit­ing Trump’s “nasty woman” com­ment for po­lit­i­cal gain. And she as­sures us that she would be a “stone-cold B” as pres­i­dent.

But the butt of most of the jokes – and the tough­est jokes – was again Trump, whose over-the-top rhetoric and style were just made for these sketches. Trump will see this tougher treat­ment as bias against him and part of what he has deemed the vast me­dia con­spir­acy against him. But he’s just em­i­nently more lam­poon-able. It’s the per­sona he has crafted for him­self.

This is the fi­nal de­bate sketch we’ll see, given that there aren’t any more de­bates. Per­haps none of them were clas­sic SNL, but they cer­tainly cap­tured the strange­ness of the 2016 de­bates. And when we look back at this cam­paign, they’ll be a part of it. JUST 24 hours af­ter en­gag­ing in fierce ver­bal com­bat in their fi­nal de­bate in Las Ve­gas and re­fus­ing to shake hands, Clin­ton and Trump were nearly elbow to elbow again, seated at the same ta­ble at the ball­room in the Wal­dorf As­to­ria, at a char­ity din­ner fa­mous for its hu­mor­ous speeches.

If the Oc­to­ber 19 de­bate raised the ques­tion whether the two New York­ers vy­ing for the na­tion’s high­est of­fice could de­liver a knock-out blow or take a punch, their next-day en­counter tested each’s abil­ity to de­liver a punchline and take a joke.

The din­ner’s name­sake, Smith was New York’s 42nd gover­nor and the na­tion’s first Catholic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date. He was known as “the Happy War­rior” for the good hu­mour with which he railed against po­lit­i­cal ad­ver­saries.

As has been the cus­tom, the au­di­ence of 1500 was dressed in whitetie

Photo: AFP

Alec Bald­win and Kate McKin­non por­tray Don­ald Trump and Hil­lary on Satur­day Night Live on Oc­to­ber 22.

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