NBC's Saturday Night Live came under fire after it was revealed that last week's episode, hosted by Gal Gadot, pulled some jokes aimed at former The Weinstein Company chairman Harvey Weinstein, following a slew of sexual assault allegations. This week, SNL dug in and addressed the controversy, during the show's Weekend Update segment, where Colin Jost and Michael Che tore into the disgraced producer and executive. Here's what Colin Jost had to say at the top of the Weekend Update segment.
"Weinstein, who has been accused of multiple counts of sexual assault, is reportedly going to Europe for sex rehab. Somehow I don't think that's really going to help anybody. He doesn't need sex rehab. He needs a specialized facility where there are no women, no contact with the outside world, metal bars and it's a prison."
Weekend Update host Michael Che continued by adding that it's tough for a comedian like himself to make jokes about sexual assault, before adding that it's so much easier when they're talking about a man who, "looks like chewed bubble gum rolled in cat hair. Michael Che also addressed Harvey Weinstein's apology, where he called his behavior a "mistake," which Michael Che took him to task for. Here's what Michael Che had to say about Harvey Weinstein's behavior.
"You assaulted dozens of women. That's not a mistake, that's a full season of Law & Order. Your name's a verb now, dude, as in, 'If this guy tries to Weinstein me, I'm going to cut off his little Harvey.' Doesn't he look like a well-dressed skin tag?"
SNL also debuted a new sketch during last night's episode, which featured Kate McKinnon's recurring charcter Debette Goldry, who was a participant at a film festival actress roundtable, where the topic of sexual harassment and assault was brought up. This character reveals during the roundtable that she had a Harvey Weinstein story herself to share. Here's what Kate McKinnon's character Debette Goldry had to say.
"Have I ever experienced sexual harassment in Hollywood? Good Friday, where do you want me to start? Women being harassed is Hollywood. Everything old is new again. Producers are abusing starlets. There's Nazis marching in the street. And suddenly nude pantyhose are on-trend. I have never felt more at home. I actually did have one meeting with Harvey. I was invited to his hotel room. When I arrived, he was naked hanging upside down from a monkey bar. Tried to trick me into thinking his genitals were actually his face. It almost worked. The resemblance is uncanny."
Producer Lorne Michael took heat from critics last weekend after pulling the Harvey Weinstein jokes, claiming that the jokes were, "A New York thing" that wouldn't have translated well to a wider audience outside the Big Apple. Since new details seemingly come forth every day, it remains to be seen if SNL will continue to address this ongoing story. While we wait for more details, take a look at the Weekend Update and Debette Goldry sketches below, courtesy of Saturday Night Live YouTube.