Saturday Night Live is often criticized for being one sided in the way they make fun of current events, but last weekend they hit hard on the Jussie Smollett story. The Smollett story geared into overdrive when the prosecutor dropped all 16 felony charges, and Smollett immediately declared it meant that he was innocent.
It was not long after that the prosecutor denied he was innocent, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the CDP Police Superintendent declared it a travesty of justice and excoriated Smollett, and the police arrest documents and evidence were released.
It made for quite an interesting week, concluded by Saturday Night Live pulling it all together and poking fun at Smollett and his constant attempt to declare both himself the victim and as well his pure of heart innocence.
Yahoo News gives us the rundown:
Entitled “Network Meeting,” the sketch opens in a boardroom where a trio of executives played by Mikey Day, Kate McKinnon and Ego Nwodim are seated alongside Kenan Thompson as Empire co-creator, Lee Daniels, and the night’s host, Sandra Oh, as Smollett’s manager. “Just give Jussie another chance,”
Oh begs, trying to make them overlook the fact that her embattled client is two hours late to the meeting. “I just hope it’s not some crazy excuse,” Daniels remarks, with a sigh.
At that moment, Smollett (played by Chris Redd) bursts into the room, holding a plastic bag and wearing Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” hat.
(Earlier in the week, Trump weighed in the prosecutors’ decision to drop disorderly conduct charges agains the actor, calling it, “an embarrassment to our nation.”)
“Guys, you are not gonna believe what just happened to me,” he says, to groans of “Not again” in the room. “I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not that,” he says, before confirming their initial suspicions that he’s about to make another claim to having been attacked. “What is wrong with you, man?”
Day’s executive remarks. “He means mentally,” Nwodim adds, sharply.
Unable to persuade them with his words, Smollett reaches into his plastic bag to reveal the evidence, and what it indicates about the identity of his attackers. “I think it’s a bag of clues,” he claims, pulling out a box of Crest Whitestrips, three over-sized red Ks to spell out KKK and the purple member of the Teletubbies. “It’s the gay one,” he makes sure to point out. McKinnon’s executive then suggests calling the police, but that’s a no-go. “
They said I could never call again as part of the deal,” Smollett says — a reference to the assumption in some quarters that behind-the-scenes dealings led to his charges being dropped.
You can see the whole sketch here.
On the same night that SNL mocked Smollett, Chris Rock also roasted Smollett while presenting an award at the NAACP Image Awards, after a decision was made by the powers that be that the subject would not be touched.
Smollett had been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. The win went to Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams.
“What the hell was he thinking?” Rock reportedly said. “From now on, you’re Jessie from now on. You don’t even get the ‘U’ no more. That ‘U’ was respect. You don’t get no respect from me.” Apparently, the same goes for Saturday Night Live.
Comedian Chris Rock also slammed Smollett at the NAACP Image awards Saturday night.
“They said No Jussie Smollett jokes,” Rock joked. “What a waste of light skin. Do you know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be out of here! I’d be running Hollywood!”
He continued: “What the hell was he thinking? You’re ‘Jessie’ from now on. You don’t get the ‘u’ no more. That ‘u’ was respect. You ain’t getting no respect from me!