Saturday Night Live was criticized last week for cutting jokes about the developing revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s decades of alleged sexual assault, but this week it didn’t pull any punches.
After an “Actress Roundtable” sketch about sexual assault in Hollywood — during which a Kate McKinnon character compared Weinstein’s face to genitals — Colin Jost and Michael Che both dove in on Weinstein during “Weekend Update.”
“Apple has announced that it will add hundreds of new emojis to its iOS system, including a person at a spa, a vomiting face, and shh-ing finger, finally giving emoji fans the ability to describe what it was like to work for Harvey Weinstein,” Jost began, before jumping into a second joke about the former heavyweight producer.
“Weinstein has been accused of multiple accounts of sexual assault. He is reportedly going to Europe for sex rehab,” Jost said. “Somehow, I don’t think that is going to help anybody. He doesn’t need sex rehab. He needs a specialized facility where there are no women, no contact with the outside world, metal bars, and it’s a prison.”
Che jumped in with his own Weinstein zingers: “This is a tough spot for a comedian because it’s so hard to make jokes about sexual assault, but it’s so easy to make jokes about a guy that looks like this. I mean, he looks like chewed bubblegum rolled in cat hair.”
Che continued by shooting down Weinstein’s statement that, “We all make mistakes.”
“Nah, man,” Che said. “You assaulted dozens of women. That’s not a mistake. That’s a full season of Law & Order. Your name’s a verb now, dude, as in, ‘If this guy tries to Weinstein me, I’m going to cut off his little Harvey.'”
In the wake of numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, Weinstein’s representative issued a statement to the New Yorker denying any claims of non-consensual sex. “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” read a statement issued from Weinstein’s rep last week. “Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual. Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”
The duo ended “Weekend Update” with an earnest entreaty for donations for Puerto Rico, directing viewers who want to help to Somos One Voice.