SNL’s “Welcome to Hell” is Hilarious, But a Very Real Commentary on What It’s Like to Be a Woman in the World

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As a woman who has left my home on various occasions for personal and professional reasons, I feel very comfortable saying that most women, who have also left the privacy of their own homes for personal and professional reasons, have likely experienced some sort of commentary, mockery, too long of a glance from a man or some other type of assault or harassment from a man.

The most recent episode of “Saturday Night Live,” took a hard look at the last couple of months of the various degrees of sexual harassment and assault claims that seem to be coming out daily and they did it in the most hilarious way possible.

The digital sketch featured Saoirse Ronan, Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Leslie Jones and Melissa Villaseñor dressed like a girl group, but not a girl group, they just travel in packs safety singing the aptly titled, “Welcome to Hell.”

Though the tune sounds like Fifth Harmony’s “Work,” and is just as catchy, it actually says what many women have been thinking for a long time– this isn’t new, it’s been going on for centuries. Welcome to hell.

While the song touches on some of the most current allegations (Matt Lauer’s desk button), it also highlights the ways that women protect themselves when they do something simple like walking to their car (keys in your hand like a wolverine).

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“Welcome To Hell” also addresses the whole, “now that’s ruined” commentary by outlining all the things that have actually been ruined for women– parking, walking, Uber, ponytails, bathrobes, nighttime, drinking, hotels and vans.

“Welcome to Hell”:

Hey there boys,
I know the last couple of months have been frickin’ insane
All these big, cool, powerful guys have been turning out to be
oh what’s the term,
habitual sexual predators?

Cat’s out of the bag

(meow)

Women get harassed all the time
Is this the world now?
Here’s a little secret that every girl knows:
(shh)

Oh, this been the damn world

It’s freaky
It’s gnarly
It’s button-under-the-desk bad
But this is our hometown
We’ll show you around

Welcome to Hell

I guess it begs the question:
Whoa, why didn’t you say something, baby girl?

Well, dang double daddy, we definitely did
For hundreds of years

But I guess no one, like, cared

Because it kept happening again
and again
and again
and again.

Lauren Cowling
Born and raised in the South, Lauren grew up going to football games with her family and eating overcooked steak. When not writing, Lauren enjoys reading biographies, searching for pictures of puppies on the internet and drinking Sprite.

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