'SNL' finally takes on the Harvey Weinstein scandal

SNL/YouTubeAlec Baldwin portrays President Donald Trump on ‘SNL’ October 14, 2017.

After staying mum on the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal last week, “Saturday Night Live” took on Hollywood’s fallen figure in this season’s third episode, hosted by Kumail Nanjiani.

Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong, and Aidy Bryant appeared in a sketch of actresses discussing sexual harassment in Hollywood.

McKinnon, playing fictional Hollywood legend Debette Goldry, told a story about visiting Weinstein in his hotel room, where she found him naked, “hanging upside down from a monkey bar.”

“He tried to trick me into thinking his genitals were actually his face. It almost worked — the resemblance is uncanny,” she said.

Goldry finished the panel with a call to action.

“Violence against women, it doesn’t just happen to famous actresses, it’s everywhere, dammit. It’s about time we take it seriously,” she said. “Well, Pandora’s box is open now, and Pandora’s pissed!”

On Weekend Update, Colin Jost said Weinstein should go to prison instead of rehab for sex addiction.

“This is a tough spot for a comedian, because it’s so hard to make jokes about sexual assault,” Michael Che said, “but it’s so easy to make jokes about a guy that looks like this! I mean, he looks like chewed bubblegum rolled in cat hair.”

The cold open and monologue steered clear of Weinstein jokes, focusing instead on President Donald Trump and Nanjiani’s backstory.

Alec Baldwin returned to play Trump, appearing at the rally to announce his tax plan with truckers, and calling Vice President Mike Pence (played by Beck Bennett) to tell him to ditch a Pacers game because a player knelt for the national anthem, a Starbucks because the Pumpkin Spice Latte cups didn’t say “Merry Christmas”, and a gay wedding.

Pence left last Sunday’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers after some players took a knee during the national anthem. Critics claimed the move was a political stunt.

Baldwin also brought up the president’s reported feud with Rex Tillerson after the secretary of state allegedly called him a “moron“, which the White House has strongly denied. In an interview with Forbes published Tuesday, Trump said he and Tillerson could compare IQ tests to settle who’s smarter.

“By the way, I’m the only guy who even knows what I.Q. means,” Baldwin said. “Most people don’t even know what it stands for — in-quedible. A lot of people don’t know that.”

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