After the New York Times released a bombshell exposé chronicling Harvey Weinstein‘s sexual assault allegations over a week ago, conservatives were quick to criticize liberal comedians for being silent on the subject after late night hosts failed to address the report on their Thursday or Friday shows that week.
The truth is, the report didn’t blow up until after vocal hosts like Colbert and Kimmel had filmed their shows Thursday (they film their Friday shows on Thursday, too), so they couldn’t address the news until Monday—which they did.
The one show that deserved the criticism was Saturday Night Live. According to sources, the Weekend Update team wrote Weinstein jokes for last week’s episode, but shelved them because, as Lorne Michaels put is, “It’s a New York thing,” meaning his wider audience didn’t care about the story. It turns out, he was wrong, but since Weinstein has continued to dominate the news this week, Michael Che and Colin Jost got a second chance to attack him, and attack him they did.
“Apple has announced that it will add hundreds of new emojis to its iOS system including a person at a spa, a vomiting face, and a shushing finger,” Jost explained, before noting, “finally giving emoji fans the ability to describe what it was like to work for Harvey Weinstein.”
“Weinstein, who’s been accused of multiple counts of sexual assault, is reportedly going to Europe for sex rehab. Somehow I don’t think that’s 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.”
Che chimed in. “Weinstein told reporters that he was seeking help, and then added, ‘We all make mistakes.’ No, man. A mistake is me walking into the wrong bathroom and using it anyway because I was crowning, but 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 featured a sketch pointed at Weinstein which featured three female actresses at a film festival talking about their experience with sexual assault in Hollywood.
Kate McKinnon appeared as fake Hollywood legend Debette Goldry, who said of Weinstein, “I was invited to his hotel room. And when I arrived he was naked, hanging upside down from a monkey bar. He tried to trick me into thinking his genitals were actually his face. It almost worked. The resemblance is uncanny.”