Thought it’s been on for decades, as the only national comedy show that’s broadcast live, SNL still manages to make headlines on a regular basis.
While the quality inevitably varies due to how quickly a show gets put together SNL’s timelines allows it to respond to news faster than anyone else around (besides late night talk shows) and, more importantly, to needle those in power in real time.
Being live also means that surprises can happen, like the famous moment in which Sinéad O’Connor tore up a picture of the pope to protest the misdeeds of the Catholic Church.
Actor Don Cheadle used his appearance on SNL this weekend to make a few statements of his own and he chose to do so with his clothing, wearing a t-shirt that read “PROTECT TRANS KIDS” while introducing the musical act, and closing the show while wearing a Soviet hockey jersey with “TRUMP” on the back, a reference to Trump’s many suspicious Russia ties.
The actor was applauded for taking a stand to protect the vulnerable and calling out the powerful at the same time.
I have always been a fan of @DonCheadle but him wearing a protect trans youth T-shirt & Soviet Union hockey jersey w/ “Trump” & “45” on the back on @nbcsnl have now put me in the super fan category. Subtle, Masterful yet Effective. #Bravo pic.twitter.com/3R6qxZHXu8— Karamo Brown (@Karamo) February 17, 2019
don cheadle is wearing a shirt that says "protect trans kids."— fooler initiative (@metroadlib) February 17, 2019
i seriously love this man.
Hey @DonCheadle, as a trans woman, I can't emphasize enough how much it means to see you do this on SNL. Thank you for standing strong with trans children. It means the world. <3 https://t.co/MrsAyDNEso— Charlotte Clymer?️? (@cmclymer) February 17, 2019
PROTECT TRANS KIDS— jeffrey marsh (@thejeffreymarsh) February 17, 2019
When heroes like @DonCheadle use their platform to acknowledge the humanity of (and the unfair discrimination against) trans kids,
lives are saved
It’s that simple?? https://t.co/NZr703bnOe
Not only did @DonCheadle literally CRUSH IT last night, but he’s never once put aside his beliefs or values because it’s “safe”. He’s truly a warrior of the people and the best. Also watch last nights SNL! https://t.co/zy3ZsJqCtr— Yassir Lester (@Yassir_Lester) February 17, 2019
Don Cheadle is AWESOME— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) February 17, 2019
Not only did he wear a "Protect Trans Kids" shirt on SNL, but he also wore a CCCP Hockey Jersey with "Trump #45" on the back.
For those unaware. CCCP is a (Союз Советских Социалистических Республик) or Russian for Soviet Unionpic.twitter.com/1ExdtUmzhQ
Do you see this face?— ???? (@Lazulioness) February 17, 2019
DO YOU SEE THIS FACE?
This is his GAME face.
This is “Siguele, cabron!”
This is “You come for my kids, here I am.”
This is me.
God bless you, @DonCheadle #ProtectTransKids pic.twitter.com/dGyG4iQ5gH
As the mother of a trans kid, I felt hope for the first time in... about 2 years. Your advocacy and use of your platform has touched me. Thank you!— Marnie Spiegel (@MarnieSpiegel) February 17, 2019
Now watch Cheadle have a highly unusual bar fight with Beck Bennett in a funny sketch from Saturday’s show.
h/t: Huffington Post