“Saturday Night Live” satirizes the election
The 2016 election is the savior of “Saturday Night Live.” The cast and special guests have expertly portrayed everyone from Kellyanne Conway to Chris Wallace. Each debate has been covered by the clever writers who are known for their delightful satire. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have helped revive the show and liven the skits.
The best creation so far is “Melaniade.” It is a spoof of “Sorry” from Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Melania Trump is played by Cecily Strong who sings about how fed-up she is with Trump’s immature behavior. In the music video Strong smashes a TV with her husband (played by Alec Baldwin) on the screen, recreating one of Beyoncé’s most memorable scenes from her visual album. Guest host Emily Blunt plays Ivanka Trump and is mad at her father for ruining her friendship with Chelsea Clinton. Her sister Tiffany renounces her status as a Trump and claims she is taking the surname of her mother, Marla Maples. The women of SNL join forces against Trump and take ownership for their role in his success. It is one of the best examples of the newfound creativity that has helped resurrect the show.
Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon are the epicenter of this season’s success. Baldwin perfectly portrays Trump by emphasizing his awkward facial expressions, loud sniffles and misogynistic attitude. McKinnon could serve as Clinton’s true body double with her immobile hair and stylish attire. She imitates the polished rejoinders that Clinton has robotically repeated throughout the debates. However, the cast is more than willing to challenge Clinton’s poised persona. One of McKinnon’s best moments was at a celebration for winning the election after Trump comment about sexually harassing women was released. She danced and drank out of a champagne bottle while being interviewed. Her ability to transition from career politician to party girl is seamless and incredibly entertaining.
Once the election is over, I’m sure the hits will keep on coming for everyone involved. Trump is an abyss of comedic gold that the cast should continue to exploit. McKinnon’s star role as Clinton will continue to benefit from Trump’s lewd and unrefined comments. The cast has a week to prepare for the next episode, which is Nov. 5 with host Benedict Cumberbatch and musical guest Solange Knowles.