Instead of opening with its take on Weinstein, SNL kicked off with another President Donald Trump skewering from Alec Baldwin. From Puerto Rico and Rex Tillerson to Eminem, Baldwin’s Trump went through his list of this week’s targets before announcing, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!”
Many viewers on Twitter were quick to call out the NBC series for skipping out on a Weinstein-centered cold open, as the scandal wasn’t touched until nearly midway through the show. First, with a Hollywood actress roundtable sketch and then, the lead story during the “Weekend Update” segment.
Colin Jost and Michael Che immediately took on Weinstein at their newsdesk, with Jost opining that the film mogul doesn’t need to go to a facility in Europe for sex rehab, as was reported, and that he instead needs to go to prison. “He doesn’t need sex rehab,” Jost said. “He needs a specialized facility where there are no women, no contact with the outside world, metal bars — and it’s a prison.”
Che explained how the story puts comedians in a tough spot, since it’s hard to make jokes about sexual assault. Though, he added, it’s easy to make jokes about his looks (“He looks like chewed bubblegum rolled in cat hair,” he quipped).
But Che did take issue with Weinstein’s response to reporters where he said, “We all make mistakes.” Che said flatly, “No, man. A mistake is me walking into the wrong bathroom and using it anyway because I was crowning. He 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?”
Ahead of the weekly newsdesk segment, castmember Aidy Bryant returned to host a New York Film Festival actress roundtable where the moderator was joined by actresses Viola Davis (Leslie Jones), Marion Cotillard (Cecily Strong) and Kate McKinnon’s recurring aging actress, Debette Goldry, for a topical discussion of sexual harassment in Hollywood.
Asked if they had ever experienced sexual harassment in general, the answer was a collective ‘of course.’ “I did have one meeting with Harvey,” said McKinnon’s Goldry. “He invited me to his hotel room and when I arrived he was naked, hanging upside down from a monkey bar. Trying to trick me into thinking his genitals were his face. It almost worked — the resemblance was uncanny.”
The discussion included many circling questions that have surfaced post-scandal, including how men tend to cover up for other men, why actors keep referencing how they have daughters in their responses and the “whisper system” between actresses who warn one another about predators.
“There’s a secret code to warn each other about creeps,” said the Goldry character. “The code was: ‘He raped me.’ If any men were listening, they’d tune us right out.” She added, “Being a family man doesn’t make you some kind of hero. Even Hitler had a sister.”