SNL Cold Open Centers on Columbia University’s Handling of Protests

Saturday Night LiveThe latest cold open discussion focused on Columbia University’s handling of pro-Palestinian protests on campus amid the war between Israel and Hamas.

During the skit, Mikey Day, Kenan Thompson and Heidi Gardner played concerned parents of students participating in the protests.

Last week, hundreds of protesters were arrested after the school’s president called the New York Police Department to help restore order on campus. Police evacuated the university’s Hamilton Hall after protesters occupied the administration building earlier in the day.

When asked what he thought of the protests, Gardner initially responded, “It’s been difficult. Now I’m all for free speech, but I don’t understand what they think they’re accomplishing and it’s really straining my and my daughter’s relationship.

Thompson then shared his thoughts: “Nothing makes me more proud than young people using their voices to fight for what they believe in. » However, once Michael Longfellow’s Ryan Aper expressed that his daughter must feel very supported by him when she was protesting, his tone completely changed.

“No man, you’re bugged. Alexis Vanessa Roberts better get her ass in class. Let me check it out in one of those damn tents instead of the dorm I’m paying for,” Thompson snapped, as Longfellow noted, “I thought you were in favor of the student protest.

“Dude, I support you are all the kids are protesting, not my kid,” Thompson added. “My child knows better. Shooting Alexis Vanessa isn’t crazy.

Longfellow then asked parents if they were worried about the increased police presence and the possibility of their children being arrested.

While Gardner said, “One of my biggest fears is that my daughter will be thrown behind bars,” it’s safe to say that Thompson felt different.

“I don’t worry about Five-O, it’s none of my business,” he said. “My company is Alexis Vanessa Roberts. ALL RIGHT? She’s not talking about free this, free that, because I’m telling you what’s not free, Columbia. Did you all know they had the nerve to want $68,000 a year? »

He continued: “I’m here busting my ass to pay all these tuition fees. Girl, I do everything. Uber all day, Uber eat all night, cut grass on weekends, sell Gucci wallets out of my trunk, life coaching on IG. I bounty hunt as much as possible. All this just so she can say she got a degree in African American studies. It’s as if, as a little girl, you’ve been black your whole life. You know what it is.”

When it was also found that some universities were canceling their commencement ceremonies due to the protests, Thompson quickly backed down.

“I don’t think you understand. Alexis Vanessa will graduate, even if I have to do it myself,” he said. “You better believe I’m going to be there booing and screaming after they explicitly told us to ‘wait until the end.’

Later, during SNL“Weekend Update” Unfrosted Director and star Jerry Seinfeld made a surprise appearance to discuss “excessive press” for projects.

“I know I can’t undo all the press work I’ve done, but I want to help others,” he said. “If you’re having trouble with the press, you’re not alone. I’m talking to you, Ryan Gosling. When I started doing press for Unfrosted, I was like you: funny, handsome. Now look at me. Do you think this is how I wanted to spend my 26th birthday? But you can get clean.

Dua Lipa did it too SNL makes his debut as host and musical guest in the final episode.

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