“Saturday Night Live” delved into the controversy surrounding Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, his wife and texts to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows urging him to challenge Donald Trump’s election defeat.
In a spoof of ‘Fox & Friends,’ Ginni Thomas, played by Kate McKinnon, appeared with Justice, played by Kenan Thompson, and is told ‘the left is losing their minds’ over texts she sent to Meadows before January 6. Capitol riot.
“I don’t want any trouble,” she said. “I take my duty as Supreme Court Yoko Ono very seriously.”
Thomas explained his vision as simple.
“All I want is a tidal wave of biblical revenge to sweep the Biden crime family down to Gitmo and then we’ll unleash the Kracken.”
Judge Thomas, meanwhile, couldn’t seem to answer a single question definitively. When asked if the couple talked about Ginni Thomas’ efforts to influence the Trump White House, he said:
“Some say yes, some say no.”
Trump, played by James Austin Johnson, was equally ambiguous at first. The former president appeared by phone as the hosts, played by Alex Moffatt, Heidi Gardner and Mikey Day, interacted.
“Did you commit a coup, sir?” asked Ainsley Earhardt of Gardner.
The former president explained that he didn’t like the “p” in the shot. “A recovery event,” he said of Jan. 6. “A coup – maybe.”
Asked about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars, Trump identified the incident as a “slap in the face” and Smith as a movie he starred in, “Hitch.”
“I liked to slap,” he said. “I was very impressed with my team.”
The Oscar slap dominated much of the SNL episode, with host Jerrod Carmichael devoting a significant portion of his monologue to it. He said SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels encouraged him to do so.
“He said the nation needed to heal,” Carmichael said. “Do you want me to do this? The nation don’t even know me. Cure the nation? I can’t even cure my family.
A skit featuring Chris Redd as Smith focused on what it might have been like to sit next to Smith when the incident unfolded at the Dolby Theater last week.
Carmichael, portraying a seat filler, was delighted to be next to Smith until the star walked away, a slapping sound was heard, and he returned and sat down calmly.
Smith yelled at Rock to keep his wife’s name out of his mouth.
Then he turned to Carmichael and said, casually, “And that selfie?”
“It’s all normal, y’all,” Smith later said.
“Weekend Update” continued with the topic. Co-host Colin Jost started with a false move, saying, “Intelligence officials say Vladimir Putin is misinformed by his advisers.”
“It’s kind of like Will Smith’s agent saying, ‘You crushed him at the Oscars,'” he said.
Jost, who is married to Scarlett Johansson, also said the slap ‘sets a terrible precedent for having to defend his wife at award shows’.
“Weekend Update” host Michael Che lamented that he’s had enough of people demanding that comedians keep track of celebrity health issues and issues. Before being slapped, Rock joked that Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from hair loss or alopecia, was going to star in “GI Jane 2.”
“I’m sick of people putting their own insecurities on our joking intentions,” Che said.
The segment featured a guest appearance from OJ Simpson, played by Thompson, who said, “As Will Smith said in his speech, love will make you do crazy things. Apparently.”