While everyone was speculating who would play Matthew Whitaker on last night’s SNL (it was Aidy Bryant), the sketch that’s being passed around most today is one titled “Women of Congress” which highlights, well, the women of Congress, from veteran politicians like Nancy Pelosi to wave-making newcomers like Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
AOC herself quickly weighed in on the sketch on Sunday saying “love it” along with a crying-laughing emoji.
? love it https://t.co/6pir2ajzKF— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 10, 2019
The sketch featured Kate McKinnon as Nancy Pelosi, Melissa Villaseñor as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Leslie Jones as Maxine Waters, among others.
The sketch was intentionally cheesy and didn’t thrill everyone but could also be read in two different ways: In a straightforward reading it’s a goofy parody of a “Charlie’s Angels” type show with the Congresswomen in the heroic lead roles, while a more subtle point of the sketch may have been to gently skewer the meme-centric and catch-phrase-y nature of our current political climate, which elevates or denigrates its cast of characters from moment to moment based on how they clap or clap back.
It can be read either way or both ways depending on how subversive you think SNL is being.
This is THE BEST!!!❤️❤️ https://t.co/QKmdikFp37— lise rakner (@li63ra) February 10, 2019
Hilarious! https://t.co/tOHoGUrX2q— Lana Dell #MMT #RealProgressives (@organicfanatic5) February 10, 2019
Seemed accurate to me??????♀️ https://t.co/Zgj4PpcaRO— Kate Sanguinetti (@KateSanguinetti) February 10, 2019
I love the clap back! https://t.co/P1krxP7129— Daryl Gault (@BiggD4444) February 10, 2019
MY HERO https://t.co/eqpigdM5Yw— Richard Hendricks (@ricendric) February 10, 2019
I love this soooo much. Thank you SNL! https://t.co/fgh94L7qdH— Badfeminist (@feminasti1979) February 10, 2019
Not because you think it’s funny, I hope?— John Levenstein (@johnlevenstein) February 10, 2019
Yes, SNL was smart on this. It can be looked at multiple ways. I thought it was kind of mocking them all. Honestly.— LeseliLeratoTsepo (@LeratoTsepo) February 10, 2019
Oh fun more powerful people for snl to do Yas kween things on https://t.co/E8B3vHCZXK— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) February 10, 2019
OH my god, SNL ❤️❤️❤️❤️you. ?????? https://t.co/xHYGhE3J8Q— BelieveInSomething?️? (@gianmaster191) February 10, 2019
I think we should make The Women of Congress a weekly series. https://t.co/te7NRa1c95— Raymond Kalas (@raykalas) February 10, 2019