It was reported in The Washington Post this week that the Biden administration met with popular social network video creators TikTok and briefed them on the war in Ukraine, an unconventional move that could help the White House in its battle for peace. the information…or get it relentlessly laughed at.
And “Saturday Night Live” was happy to help with the latter option, opening this weekend’s broadcast with a skit that imagined President Biden (played by James Austin Johnson) trying to communicate his strategic goals to a disparate group of people. TikTok influencers.
Johnson, as Biden, was joined in the skit by Kate McKinnon, who played Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary. At the start of the meeting, she said, “I suggested it as a joke, and then it actually happened.”
Johnson told the rally, “People are saying this is the first war fought on TikTok, which is very difficult for me because I’m the presidents’ landline.”
“I understand Putin,” he added. “I understand war. But there’s one thing I don’t understand: the computer.
Her first guest was played by Chloe Fineman and identified herself only as “a CW actress” (although his inspiration from real life was not difficult to understand).
“Although Putin may have tanks and bombs, there is something even more powerful with which we can attack him: poems,” Fineman said, reciting some verses she had composed about what she would have done if she had been Putin’s mother (and his wife and his little brother).
Another guest, played by Andrew Dismukes, was a member of a prank squad called the Boo-Boo Boys, who were actually familiar with Johnson’s Biden. (“They once pranked a guy and threw him up five floors!” he enthused.)
Chris Redd played musician Jason Derulo, who could do little more than sing his own name, and Melissa Villaseñor portrayed a creator whose entire track was about a strange catchphrase (“chupapi muñañyo”) through a cardboard tube . Kenan Thompson was Charles F. D’Amelio, a Pittsburgh roofer who quickly realized he had been mistaken for dancer and social media star Charli D’Amelio.
When Johnson asked a 12-year-old designer played by Aidy Bryant what to do about the war, she replied, referencing an alt-right conspiracy theory: “You mean the one started by your son Hunter Biden? With his friends from Burisma? Where is the laptop? Is it in this room?
The last guest, a latecomer played by Bowen Yang, gave a lively speech reminding everyone of the importance of new means of communication.
“TikTok is not a childish gimmick,” he said. “It has more power and more influence than the evening news.” As he said this, the camera slowly zoomed in on a toilet plunger he had placed on one of her nipples.
At the end of the speech, Johnson told him, “That was really inspiring, young man.”
Yang replied, “Oh, I’m 55.”
Opening monologue of the week
As long as superhero crossovers are all the rage, “SNL” might as well enjoy a weekend where its host, Zoë Kravitz, plays Catwoman in the latest comic book blockbuster, “The Batman.”
Fake ad of the week
The Amazon Go store, which invites its customers to simply walk out with groceries while various technological innovations ensure that they are charged for their purchases, may seem like a welcome development to some.
But other visitors — especially those played by the black “SNL” actors in this satirical ad — are more wary of the store’s core proposition.
As a potential client played by Nwodim put it: “Oh, OK. So it’s a trap. Another customer, played by Thompson, makes sure to leave money on an electronic turnstile even after going through it safely. “It’s a tip!” He insists.
Weekend update jokes of the week
At the Weekend Update desk, presenters Colin Jost and Michael Che continued to speak out against global tensions sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
This week marks two years since the start of the first Covid lockdown, and let’s just say some people have coped with stress better than others. [His screen shows a picture of President Vladimir Putin of Russia.] Russia has passed a fake news law that prohibits any organization from reporting information that contradicts what the government says. Which explains the recent title, “6-Foot-5 Putin Not Insane”.
President Biden has played down the possibility of US military intervention, saying, “We will not fight World War III in Ukraine.” And I get it, but it’s hard to sit idly by and watch Putin bombard things like schools, maternity, and I’m just going to take on puppy day care. The situation is so upsetting that I honestly thought of going to the nearest army enlistment office and signing Che.
Che, looking worried, sat up and picked up the thread:
After the US ban on Russian oil, gasoline prices hit a record high of $4.30 per gallon. Which is so expensive that, America, we might have to go back to living with our ex. [His screen shows the headline, “U.S. Invades Iraq Again.”] Come on Iraq, you know we never stopped loving you, baby.
Unexplainable Disney parody of the week
All around, it wasn’t a good week for Disney. First, the entertainment giant has been pilloried for its lack of response to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, dubbed a “don’t say gay” bill by its critics, which which prompted an apology and an about-face from its general manager, Bob Chapeck.
Then there was this outlandish parody of her 2009 “The Princess and the Frog,” starring Kravitz as her heroine, Princess Tiana, and Redd as the frog, who explained to Tiana in excruciating anatomical detail why their romance is not meant to have a fairy. – end of the tale. Dismukes then provided an elaborate impersonation of the film’s clumsy singing firefly, Ray, a mildly controversial character who wasn’t exactly the Olaf of his time.