The cast of Saturday Night Live took a strong stand backing transgender kids and ripping Republican lawmakers a new one during this weekend’s episode!
Ana de Armas hosted this new ep, and Karol G was the musical guest, but the social push stole the show! The inspiring message came during the final moments of the Weekend Update segment. And fans online are still talking about how heartening it was to see SNL make such a vocal stand for support!
Segment co-anchor Michael Che kicked off the moment by addressing the Republican-led state legislatures in places like Florida, Kansas, and Missouri which have very heavily restricted gender-affirming care for transgender children. Taking on a serious tone, the SNL star said:
“Since the start of this year, over 400 anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced across the country, many of which directly target trans youth. Here to talk about it is someone with their own introduction.”
Then, SNL‘s “first non-binary cast member” came down from the sky — literally!!
Featured player Molly Kearney was slowly swung down from the ceiling while tethered to ropes and wearing a bright purple suit! When the star got down to the set, they delivered this quip:
“This harness is pretty tight and my groin area is beefed. I have been hung up on my genitals for far too long, and I’m starting to feel like a freaking Republican lawmaker.”
And Kearny continued, cracking a joke about their pronouns and relaying it back to trans rights:
“At one point I heard a crew guy say, ‘is she gonna die up there?’ And then another crew guy was like, ‘you mean, are they gonna die up there?’ And then they both walked away and didn’t help which feels a lot how trans people are being treated right now.”
When Che asked about how “14 states have passed bills” limiting healthcare for trans youth, Kearney turned serious:
“Restricting healthcare for kids — for some reason there’s something about the word trans that makes people forget the word ‘kids.’ If you don’t care about trans kids’ lives, it means you don’t care about friggin’ kids lives! … People need to wake up. We are making trans kids grow up too fast. We should be keeping them safe and we need to lift them up.”
By the end, Kearney was pulled back up into the sky high above the Weekend Update set. But they made sure to get in one final dig before being swooped away forever:
“What’s happening, kids, is wrong, and you don’t need to be scared. Our job is to protect you, and your job is to focus on being a kid. It’s kind of like me flying in the SNL sky: there are a bunch of dudes asking you about your crotch, and controlling when and where you’re allowed to pee. But if you just hang on, you’ll just look up and you’ll realize you’re flying, kid!”
We need more of that inspiring and optimistic talk in society!! Especially for at-risk youth!
Ch-ch-check it out (below):
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) April 16, 2023
Wow! A very pointed but necessary segment!
You can see more highlights from last night’s SNL episode (below), too, including de Armas’ monologue to kick things off:
And a ton of fresh and funny skits:
And top it off, how about Karol G’s performances?!?!
Ch-ch-check them out (below), too!
So there you have it!
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