After catching some flack about not addressing the Harvey Weinstein scandal in their Oct. 7 episode, “Saturday Night Live” came back tenfold, hitting the Hollywood producer multiple times.
“SNL” makes fun of every possible issue going on in the world, but they neglected to mention Weinstein and his sexual misconduct because producer Lorne Michaels said “It’s a New York thing.” Well, apparently that “New York thing” ended this past weekend when “SNL” went after the mega-producer.
During “Weekend Update,” co-anchor Colin Jost kicked off with an emoji joke. “Apple has announced that it will add hundreds of new emojis to its iOS system, including a person at a spa, a vomiting face and a shushing finger — finally giving emoji fans the ability to describe what it was like to work for Harvey Weinstein,” he said.
“Weinstein, who has been accused of multiple counts of sexual assault, is reportedly going to Europe for sex rehab,” he continued. “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.”
His fellow co-anchor Michael Che then took the reigns saying it’s hard job for comedians to joke about this topic, but went ahead anyway.
“This is a tough spot for a comedian because it’s so hard to make jokes about sexual assault but it’s so easy to make jokes about a guy that looks like this,” he said pointing to a picture of Weinstein.”I mean, he looks like chewed bubble gum rolled in cat hair.”
“SNL” didn’t stop there. In a prior sketch that focused on a 2017 New York Film Festival actress round table discussion—featuring Leslie Jones as Viola Davis, Cecily Strong as Marion Cotillard and Kate McKinnon as fictional veteran actress Debette Goldry—the actresses discussed sexual harassment and the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
As the sketch ended McKinnon addressed the audience saying, “Violence against women, it doesn’t just happen to famous women. It’s everywhere, damn it. It’s about time we take it seriously. Pandora’s box is open now, and Pandora’s pissed. Who’s with me? No, I’m asking, who are these people? I blacked out. Are these the angels? Is it my time?”