"Saturday Night Live" ripped into the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal gripping Hollywood last night, after not addressing it in last week's episode, which raised many eyebrows across the entertainment industry. Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump was present for the show's cold open, but left the skewering of Weinstein and Hollywood's predatory culture to the show's female cast members.
A film festival sketch starring Leslie Jones as Viola Davis, Cecily Strong as Marion Cotillard and Kate McKinnon as Debette Goldry discussed their Hollywood experiences with sexual harrassment.
“Have I ever experienced sexual harassment in Hollywood? Good Friday, where do you want me to start?” McKinnon exclaimed as Goldry. “Women being harassed is Hollywood. Everything old is new again. Producers are abusing starlets. There’s Nazis marching in the street. And suddenly nude pantyhose are on-trend. I have never felt more at home.”
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The episode's "Weekend Update" segment also slammed Weinstein. Co-anchor Michael Che spoke about how the Weinstein scandal put comedians in a “tough spot” because it was hard to make jokes about sexual assault. “But it’s so easy to make jokes about a guy that looks like this. I mean, he looks like chewed bubble gum rolled in cat hair,” Che joked.
“You assaulted dozens of women. That’s not a mistake — that’s a full season of ‘Law & Order.’ Your name’s a verb now, dude, as in, ‘If this guy tries to Weinstein me, I’m going to cut off his little Harvey.’ Doesn’t he look like a well-dressed skin tag?” Che continued.