Saturday Night Live this season was all about the elections and this week wasn’t the exception, I mean it couldn’t be. Donald Trump won the elections, it has been the trending topic of the week and probably of the next ones too because it was very shocking. But SNL also surprised us with a twist, we expected an Alec Baldwin parody of Trump, just like most of the episodes of the season, but instead, they gave us Kate McKinnon and Dave Chappelle in a totally different tone.
McKinnon, once again as Hillary Clinton performed in a very respectful and quiet note a song by Leonard Cohen, and Chappelle as the host of this episode brought a deep monologue to the stage, yes he made us laugh once this week but he did it in the most serious way he could. This week has been very dramatic for Americans and SNL knew exactly how to do their job.
The opening consisted on Hillary Clinton singing Hallelujah in honour to Leonard Cohen.
The musician known for his lyrical and beautiful songs past away this week. Kate McKinnon gave an excellent performance of his famous song. Kate, dressed in a typical Clinton’s suit, this time in colour cream played the piano and sang the song in a sober tone to a very quiet audience. Once the song was over, McKinnon turned to the cameras to say “I’m not giving up. And neither should you. And live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” the actress had teary eyes, and all of these elements combined made the opening very moving.
Here are a few responses to Kate’s performance:
— Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) 13 de noviembre de 2016
— Marg Helgenberger (@MargHelgen) 13 de noviembre de 2016
Dave Chappelle’s monologue was everything we needed this week.
Chappelle started saying he found Trump’s victory really surprising. Then he made people laugh by making fun of the “whities” in reference of course of white people “We’ve actually elected an Internet troll as our president…I haven’t seen whites this mad since the O.J. verdict.” the start added. The main part of his monologue was racial divide and told a few references about black people at the white house.
Chappelle did not hold back in his speech but ended the opening monologue with these words “I’m wishing Donald Trump luck. And I’m going to give him a chance, and we (referring to black people), the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one too.”