Sunday, December 6, 2020

'SNL' makes fun of the Michigan hearings, election lawsuits, and how Americans are reacting to the pandemic messing with their entertainment

I concluded yesterday's post about QAnon by telling my readers "I'll have something lighter tomorrow, most likely another clip post from Saturday Night Live. Stay tuned." "SNL" did not disappoint, as they opened the show last night with their version of this week's Michigan hearing into the election, Michigan Hearings Cold Open.

Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon) tries to make an argument to prove widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
People on Twitter thought that Melissa Carone was Cecily Strong's Girl at a Party character come to life. The idea came full circle, as Strong played Carone as Girl at a Party. Also, that sketch somehow made more sense than the actual hearing.

"SNL" continued making fun of current events in Weekend Update: Trump Loses Election Lawsuits.

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week's biggest news, like the CDC's COVID-19 vaccine distribution announcement.
So much winning! Also, it's a good thing Michael Che doesn't know what Brazzers is.

The segment shifted to lighter stories in Weekend Update: Melania's Christmas Decorations, Hamilton Returns.

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week's biggest news, like Melania Trump unveiling the White House Christmas decorations.
I agree, this year's decorations look better than previous years. Also, that's one tough 102-year-old!

Follow over the jump for more from last night's episode.

The rest of Weekend Update looked at life during the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning with Pete Davidson on Staten Island COVID-19 Protests.

Pete Davidson stops by Weekend Update to discuss Staten Island's protests against indoor dining restrictions.
I think the combination of stress and staying at home is making people stir crazy and protests like this one are signs of it. Pete Davidson makes two good points: first, that the residents of Staten Island will eat and drink outdoors, although not necessarily in the winter, and that it's an opportunity for my friends in Boston to make fun of them. As for "I can't believe they knew how white it is," all they had to do is ask any of Davidson's famous ex-girlfriends. So, who's talking?

Weekend Update concluded with another segment about how the pandemic is messing with people's entertainment and how they are reacting to it, Bailey Gismert on Old Movies.

Bailey Gismert (Heidi Gardner) stops by Weekend Update to discuss what movies she's been watching since movie theaters closed, like Forrest Gump and American Beauty.
This segment, while played for laughs about how Generation Z perceives the movies of 20-30 years ago, prompted me to think about the three films mentioned. While I think "Forrest Gump" and "Silence of the Lambs" both deserved their fame and recognition and have had staying power, "American Beauty" hasn't aged well and not just because of Kevin Spacey. I think it took away recognition from films that have had greater cultural impact, like "The Matrix," although that still earned four Academy Awards. That written, the environmentalist in me found ragging on "American Beauty" for plastic bags funny.

Finally, while I think that posting these recaps of "SNL" feels like cheating when it comes to my Sunday entertainment features, that last segment of Weekend Update made today's entry qualify. Oh, good, I'm not cheating! Still, I do still think I should finish writing about the rest of this year's Emmy winners and the shortlists for the 2019-2020 Golden Coffee Cups. Stay tuned.

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