‘SNL’ Cold Open takes over abortion draft leaked by SCOTUS

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There is nothing particularly ridiculous about the leaked draft Supreme Court decision that would be overturned Roe deer v. Treadbut Saturday night live found a way. Instead of opening to a more modern political lie, the May 7 show hosted by Benedict Cumberbatch went back to the 13th century, putting Judge Samuel Alit’s references in a painfully depressing and ridiculous context.

Noting that the draft opinion refers to 13th century anti-abortion laws, SNL he opened with a journey into the past “into that deep moment of moral clarity, almost a thousand years ago, which laid such clear foundations for what our laws should be 2022.”. Not surprisingly, the sketch refers to three white people – Cumberbatch, Andrew Dismukes and James Austin Johnson – who, in all their wisdom, decide they must pass an anti-abortion law “like the law we have against pointed shoes”. As for punishing women who are brave enough to have an abortion, Cumberbatch said, “We could always put her in a boat and let her sail off a cliff at the edge of the world.” (Understand, because we thought the Earth was flat then? And now politicians and judges want to regulate women’s bodies according to they times?) “It would, of course, crash where four giant tortoises hold the Earth, and maybe one of them would eat it,” he concludes.

Absurd, centuries-old laws and customs were still mentioned in the sketch – such as “throwing left-handed children into the river” or that Cecily Strong’s character is “almost 12 years old”. The sketch ends with Kate McKinnon – who is either a “man” or a “woman in her 30s,” depending on who you ask – who comes with a vision for the future. “Don’t worry, dear girl, these barbaric laws will one day be repealed by something called progress, and then, about 50 years after progress, it will be like, ‘Maybe we should repeal progress.'” He finishes his monologue. urging the women to keep fighting, which is why they immediately declare her a witch and condemn her to be burned alive. Sounds about right.

This was not the only time SNL touched on the controversial Roe deer v. Tread Draft. The joke was quite a bit during the “Weekend Updates” segment, which also included the amazing impression of Judge Amy Coney Barrett of McKinnon. (Which is more traumatic: safely ending an early pregnancy or giving birth to a baby you can never see again because you put it on a panoramic wheel? ”) And the cast got together for good night “1973” T-shirts. – marking the year Roe deer v. Tread it has been decided.

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