Aside from a cold open featuring Kate McKinnon reprising her role as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, hard political satire was surprisingly in short supply on last night’s Saturday Night Live.
With Alec Baldwin’s President Trump and Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer nowhere to be seen, McKinnon led the show by portraying the embattled Sessions as a parody of the simple-minded but kind-natured Forrest Gump, complete with a chocolate box filled with “a whole lot of brown ones.”
McKinnon broke character and tried to hide her laughter when she pulled out the now-viral photo of top White House aide Kellyanne Conway kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office.
“She ain’t got no legs,” McKinnon’s Sessions said, a parody of the Lt. Dan character in Forrest Gump. “They say she could sell stink to a skunk. But they don’t let her talk anymore.”
It wasn’t the only mention the image received. But instead of devoting an entire segment to the polarizing photo, SNL broke away from the show's typical format by featuring McKinnon’s Conway kneeling on various sets in random segments throughout the episode.
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All told, McKinnon’s Conway made three kneeling appearances during the show - on a chair at the end of an early sketch, on top of the "Weekend Update" desk at the end of the segment, and one after a performance by musical guest Father John Misty.
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The photo of Conway was also mocked duing the show’s "Weekend Update" segment, where anchor Michael Che said it ”looks like she’s searching for a Flo Rida playlist to make her black friends dance.”
But Che pulled back from mocking the image too harshly, noting that he feels bad for Conway due to the unenviable job she currently holds.
"You know when an airline loses your luggage, and you can’t talk to the CEO so you end up screaming at some frazzled lady that’s now got to spend her lunch break crying into a lean cuisine?’ Che asked. “That lady is Kellyanne Conway… Could you imaging being customer service for Donald Trump?”