The “SNL” sketch Roe c. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Wade blasted the SCOTUS draft

Almost a week later Politics disclosed a U.S. Supreme Court draft that revealed the court’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade, Saturday Night Live spoke out against the decision – with help from May 7 show host Benedict Cumberbatch.

Like the last SNL As Cold Open points out, Judge Samuel Alito defended the decision to repeal the landmark abortion ruling by citing a 13th-century treatise that, in Middle English, viewed abortion as the killing of “fetuses.” (Unfortunately, this song is not SNL parody – you can check the draft text for yourself.)

In the skit, Cumberbatch plays a medieval man bent on restricting reproductive rights in his day. “While I was cleaning the hole in the side of the castle where we poop and then it falls through the sky into a ditch full of human excrement, I started thinking about abortion,” he says. “Don’t you think we should make a law against it?

Like SNL argues that it wasn’t exactly a period of enlightenment worth borrowing – other mores cited throughout the sketch include opening the skull to help their brains breathe, castration for hunting in the wrong forest and the murder of left-handed children. As Cecily Strong’s Margaret wonders, “I just don’t understand why you’re so obsessed with this publish. For example, what about the fact that nobody can read or write and everyone dies of the plague? »

Kate McKinnon finally appears – the men think she’s a witch, naturally – and gives an optimistic rallying cry. “No matter how many choices they take away from women, we still have a choice to keep fighting.”

The episode featured several segments dedicated to dealing with the recent threat of Roe v. Wade. McKinnon also played conservative Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, appearing on the weekend update. There, she expressed confusion about why people would need an abortion in the first place, when “you can leave a baby anywhere in the United States” with shelter laws. ” What’s the problem ? she asked. “Just blow it up. Just do the new and more.

It is not the first time SNL addressed abortion rights this season. In November, Strong herself told the story of the abortion she had in her early twenties – only she did it from the perspective of a circus clown “to make it more enjoyable for the taste”.

“I know I wouldn’t be a clown on TV here today if it hadn’t been for the abortion the day before my 23rd birthday,” Strong said at the time. “Clowns help each other terminate their pregnancies from the caves. It will happen, so it should be safe, legal and accessible.

Helen L. Cuellar