‘Saturday Night Live’ Finally Takes on the Harvey Weinstein Scandal
Show has been predictable, political and divisive — and took its sweet time to mention the disgraced producer's predicament
“Saturday Night Live” finally addressed one of the biggest stories of the year in its latest episode.
After two jokes about the Harvey Weinstein sex harassment scandal were reportedly cut from a previous program and creator Lorne Michaels told a Daily Mail reporter, “It’s a New York thing,” when asked why the series was avoiding Weinstein — “SNL” finally felt free, apparently, to go after the former liberal donor.
Weekend Update co-host Colin Jost had this to say: “Weinstein, who has been accused of multiple counts of sexual assault, is reportedly going to Europe for sex rehab. Somehow I don’t think that’s really going to help anybody. He doesn’t need sex rehab. He needs a specialized facility where there are no women, no contact with the outside world, metal bars, and it’s a prison.”
It was one of many jabs aimed at Weinstein during the show.
A mock panel was later assembled for women to discuss Hollywood's "rape culture."
Yet all of this felt far too little and too late. And "SNL" found a way, naturally, to go after Trump at the same time.
During the "panel" segment, Kate McKinnon, when asked if her character faced harassment in her time, responded: "Good Friday, where do you want me to start? Women being harassed is Hollywood, all right? Everything old is new again. Producers are abusing starlets, there's Nazis marching in the street, suddenly nude pantyhose are on trend. I've never felt more at home. When's polio coming back? This'll be fun."
Not surprisingly, Alec Baldwin showed up in the cold open to do his weekly President Donald Trump schtick, which is beyond tiresome at this point. He took on the NFL kneeling protests and other nonsense. Baldwin's Trump performance has become little more than a strained effort to score points with the liberal media. (And he won an Emmy for it, so of course he's going to reprise it.)
Kate McKinnon also portrayed Kellyanne Conway as a sewer-dwelling "It"-like monster in a segment in which Anderson Cooper is looking for the White House spokesperson.
Overall, "Saturday Night Live" was business as usual. What's saddest is that it took over a week for the "satire" program to take on liberal producer Harvey Weinstein and his decades of alleged abuse against women. But don't worry — Baldwin made fun of Trump. So it's all OK.