Northwest Missourian Opinion

A lot goes on in the world around us and sometimes these events can be a little too much to handle, especially in college, without a comedic spin on it.

“Saturday Night Live” helps viewers digest the news a little better and presents it in a way that everyone can understand.

“SNL” takes a variety of current events and then turns them into a satirized version that makes people laugh and realize that even though a certain event may be dark, it will get better in the long run.

A complaint often made about “Saturday Night Live” over the last year is, in its signature political sketches, the show essentially treats its cast as benchwarmers while giving the key roles to an ever-expanding roster of celebrity guests.

With the beginning of their 44th season, they took on the current circus that was the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. This sketch featured Matt Damon as Brett Kavanaugh and the rest of the senators were played by the ever-changing cast of “SNL.”

This sketch put a comedic spin on what had been said during the testimony of Kavanaugh after the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, and this was not the only political figure to make an appearance on this episode.

The skit also featured the return of Kate McKinnon reprising her portrayal of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg on “Weekend Update, a mock news segment.” This included her signature gins-burns or personal jokes and dancing as she reacted to various things going on in the realm of politics and current events.

Both of these portrayals helped paint the depressing events around us in an uplifting manner and helped make it more relatable to a younger generation that might not generally understand what is going on in the current political structure.

In a review by Dennis Perkins, posted on AV/TV Club described how much McKinnon’s portrayal is a perfect comedic take on Bader-Ginsburg.

“I see no reason to stop Kate McKinnon from doing her Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, here responding with signature octogenarian pugnaciousness to the Kavanaugh hearings,” Perkins wrote. “Gyrating after one of her patented ‘gins-burns’ like offering performatively concerned GOP Senator Jeff Flake a pair of her panties to further cover his ass, and alternating between mocking Kavanaugh, and her own diminutive stature with her calendar including  ‘break glass ceiling’ and ‘do 100 laps in a bird bath,’ McKinnon’s Ginsburg is a reliable hoot.”

This satirization of major figures in the government helps a younger audience understand deeper topics like the nomination process of a Supreme Court justice and how this can affect the rest of the country.

While it may seem like more of an insult-based comedy, it helps people understand the world around them and realize things are not as dark as they may seem. It also shows that laughter can be used to make anything better, regardless of how deep a topic could be.

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