On paper it doesn’t seem like a likely pairing to have Melissa McCarthy playing White House press secretary Sean “Spicy Facts” Spicer on Saturday Night Live, but it worked beautifully. Somehow, some way, the sketch-comedy show has a direct line to the White House’s insecurities, and it’s pissing off the president and his staff.
Shortly after McCarthy’s brilliant re-enactment of an overly aggressive and completely out-of-his-depth Spicy Facts, word began breaking that the White House, which has already voiced its displeasure of Alec Baldwin’s dead-on imitation of President Asshat, was not pleased.
The craziest part is that what apparently upset Asshat wasn’t that McCarthy portrayed Spicy Facts as an overly aggressive, belligerent, uninformed liar; it was that McCarthy is a woman.
He didn’t like a woman playing his male press secretary so accurately because in Trump’s archaic, male-obsessed, locker-room-talk, old attic of a mind, women represent weakness.
“Trump doesn’t like his people to look weak,” a top Trump donor told Politico.
But really, what’s more important here is that SNL is doing the Lord’s work. From day one, the folks at the show have heard that the president is not happy with their skits related to him and Putin and the coziness that at this point makes us feel like the two should get a room. But SNL hasn’t let up.
In fact, the longest-running sketch-comedy show on television knows that it has the president’s ear, and it keeps twisting it. And in doing so, the show is becoming, whether it intends to or not, the voice of all of those who oppose this administration. In turn, SNL has become more relevant than ever because the comedy is being done at the highest level. And the skits aren’t only funny—they are directly affecting the White House.
According to Politico, Spicy Facts’ job may be on thin ice. Trump didn’t even tweet his displeasure after the episode aired, a practice that has been commonplace with previous episodes. SNL made the president back away from Twitter, and if for nothing else, we can all rejoice in that.
Read more at Politico.