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Saturday Night Live

Men are clueless to women's plight in SNL spoof of The Handmaid's Tale

‘I think I read something about that… but I’ve been super busy with work lately’

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Saturday Night Live had its own take on Hulu’s popular book-to-TV adaptation The Handmaid’s Tale, featuring host Chris Pine and cast member Mikey Day oblivious to the ways of their new Republic and its horrific treatment of women.

“In a not-too-distant future, the world is a dystopia,” the sketch begins, mimicking the Margaret Atwood work starring Elisabeth Moss. “Women are enslaved. We have no rights and no freedoms, forced by an oppressive government to bear children under penalty of death.”

As four handmaids — portrayed here by cast members Cecily Strong, Vanessa Bayer, Aidy Bryant, and Sasheer Zamata — quietly discuss the new resistance that’s forming, they stumble upon the men, former friends, it seems, who wonder what’s happened to them.

“They took our money and our jobs. And our kids,” Bryant says.

After a pause, the two men vaguely recall what they’re talking about. “I think I read something about that… but I’ve been super busy with work lately,” Pine says.

The women beg the two to move on lest they are caught talking to men and get punished — “you guys should, like, fight back,” Day says. “Isn’t there a protest or something?” cast member Alex Moffat asks after he enters the scene. “Yeah, several years ago,” Zamata shoots back. “Yeah, I meant to go to that,” he says.

Watch the full sketch above.