“Saturday Night Live” opened this weekend’s show by talking about the Derek Chauvin murder trial and the different ways black and white people might view it.
Chauvin is a former Minneapolis police officer who is charged with the death of George Floyd in police custody last year.
The show opened with a fictional Minnesota news program where four co-hosts, two black and two white, discussed how “emotional” the trial had been so far and how they all thought the pursuit had made good reasons for Chauvin’s guilt.
“Hopefully justice will be done,” cast member Alex Moffat, who is White, said in the sketch.
“Looks like we all agree. There’s no way Derek Chauvin could get away from it all,” agreed actor Kate McKinnon, who is also White.
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“Well…” Kenan Thompson and Ego Nwodim, black members of the cast, responded skeptically, wrinkling their noses at the perception that a white cop couldn’t play with the system.
“And there is no way the jury will fall for that!” McKinnon added, referring to the defense argument that Floyd’s drug use could have caused his death.
“I don’t know about that,” Nwodim hesitated again as she and Thompson continued to look questioningly at their white counterparts.
“Let’s just say, ‘We’ve seen this movie before,’ Nwodim said, explaining their reluctance to believe Chauvin would be doomed.
McKinnon agreed that “historically, police have escaped in other cases like this.”
“Historically? Thompson asked. “She means every time,” Nwodim replied.
Later in the sketch, the co-hosts were again at odds over the riots.
“I think we can all agree that no matter how bad things are, destroying property is never the solution,” Moffat said confidently.
“I wouldn’t say that,” Thompson disagreed. “It’s just a property.”
“There is assurance,” Nwodim agreed with disdain.
Ultimately, all four agreed that there was a disparity in the way black people are treated by the police and that the country needs concrete solutions.
“And we start with the repairs!” Nwodim proposed.
“Now wait a minute,” Moffat hesitated.
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“It was a good try,” Thompson told Nwodim, who agreed, “I almost got it.”
By the end of the sketch, the co-hosts couldn’t even agree on who McKinnon was talking about when she said we had “lost the royalty yesterday” – the Black Anchors thinking it was rapper DMX and McKinnon specifying. that she meant Prince Philip. Both men died last week.
The panel found a story they could all agree on: the US investigation. The alleged sexual misconduct of Representative Matt Gaetz.
Later in the segment of the weekend update, co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che continued to hit Gaetz but also threw zingers at President Biden, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Governor Gavin Newsom .
Jost said he thought it was weird to see a guy “who basically makes an impression of Clint Eastwood being a gun control” while showing off a photo of Biden with a steel-eyed look.
“You could put it in ‘Gran Torino’ and no one would know the difference,” Jost joked as a heat-packed photoshopped version of Biden as the cranky Eastwood character in the 2008 film appeared onscreen. .
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Jost later joked that Newsom, “who asks his barber for the ‘American Psycho’ haircut,” announced a plan to fully reopen which critics say is just a distraction from the ‘American Psycho’ haircut. many governor scandals “.
He added that it was “a decision that prompted other governors to ask,” Did this work? As a photo of Cuomo, who faces scandals over deaths and sexual harassment in coronavirus nursing homes, appeared on screen.
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