Live From New York, It’s More Sexism at SNL! ‘Long Takes’ Ep. 6
Last week, SNL writer Katie Rich shared a tasteless joke on social media; within hours, the writer was suspended indefinitely. What makes this case different from prior controversies involving the show’s writers and performers? Rich is a woman, and on SNL (as in many real life circumstances), women are not afforded the opportunity to screw up.
On this week’s new episode of Long Takes, ScreenCrush editors Erin Whitney and Britt Hayes examine how SNL handled Rich’s ill-considered joke about Donald Trump’s youngest son, and the show’s lack of response to writer and Weekend Update co-host Michael Che, who has a long and troubling history of making misogynist comments on social media. We discuss how the show handled Trump pre- and post-election, how the suspension of Rich suggests that, despite Alec Baldwin‘s weekly bashing, SNL has yet to take a strong stance against the new president, and why that’s crucial now more than ever. We also touch on Weekend Update’s track record with offensive jokes (remember that transphobic Tinder joke from last November?) and other recent celebrity controversies on Twitter.
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And in case you missed it, here’s our previous episode of Long Takes, in which we offer a film and television survival guide to help you get through the inauguration (and the next four years, knock on wood):