So, I’m actually a pretty big fan of of Kate McKinnon’s portrayal of Hillary Clinton on SNL. This week’s was more poignant than funny, which, depending on how you look at it, can be a good or a bad thing. On this week’s edition of “this is how people really view Hillary,” she got in a few shots at Bernie Sanders and Susan Sarandon, but saves the best for the Democrat “front runner.”
After losing eight of the last nine Democratic primary and caucus contests, Clinton embraced her newfound “underdog” status and proved what an authentic New Yorker she is. “It’s true, I have not been winning as of late,” she said. “In fact, I have not won a state in almost three weeks, because that was the plan. I didn’t want to win those, and so I didn’t.” She attempted the old adage, “You win some…” but she couldn’t manage to finish it.
Looking ahead to the New York primary a week from Tuesday, Clinton exclaimed, “God, I love being back in the Fat Apple! My home state, except for Illinois and Arkansas, but they already voted for me, so we cool, we cool.” Strapping on a brand new Yankees hat, Clinton added that she can’t wait to “take in that hot new Broadway show that’s got all of NYC abuzz.” No, not Hamilton. “Chicago.”
Then she unwisely shared a clip of herself trying and failing to use a Metrocard in the New York subway.
“See, New Yorkers, I’m just like all of you,” Clinton said. “I never sleep, I’m in a hurry to get to work. And when I’m running, I really hate it when a slow old Jew gets in my way.”
Like I said, the sketch was… not particularly funny. And I’m not someone who merely lobs that criticism at any comedian with whom I disagree. As a longtime defender of far-left SNL, I’m left startled as to just how unfunny these last several seasons have been. It’s bizarre.
Which makes it all the more vexing that they’ve gone after Hillary Clinton so brutally. It seems maybe even the younger, nearly all female cast at SNL sense the tides turning against their golden girl? People just don’t like the woman. She’s a tough sell no matter who the demographic.
As for comedy, I’d like to present my counter-argument.