Leonard Cohen died in his home in Los Angeles last week at the age of 82. Many turned on "Saturday Night Live" at the end of the emotional week for laughs, but they got something different at the start of the show: a moving performance from cast member Kate McKinnon. Q-Tip looked right at the screen and said, "We're not gonna give up" as Busta Rhymes and effect joined the group on stage as they all chanted "Gotta get it together for brothers/Gotta get it together for sisters!"
Criticism, however, could be set aside in the three minutes when McKinnon was on stage-and although she may have been dressed as the HRC character we've come to know and embrace over these last few months there was a moment when the facade clearly dropped, and it was entirely about McKinnon expressing the sincerity of her emotions-perhaps numerous emotions some of us have been experiencing since the reality of Tuesday night started to set in.
Sure, Trump always took the worst of the jokes, but this mournful dedication to Clinton was still something that would have been pretty tough to anticipate.
Already, Donald Trump's stunning stunning ascendency to the status of president-elect last week has emboldened both those jubilant about and devastated by the election's results: Hate crimes inspired by Trump's white nationalist ethos have proliferated dramatically, while #NotMyPresident protests across the country have united thousands who reject the messages of racism, misogyny, and xenophobia that his campaign telegraphed.
This morning, everyone is talking about Kate McKinnon's performance of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" on last night's Saturday Night Live.
Giving a shoutout to President Barack Obama for a job well done and saying he'd be missed, Chappelle told of attending a recent BET-sponsored White House party attended mostly by African-American guests.
"And I'm gonna give him a chance". Instead, she echoed real-life Clinton who said Wednesday in her concession speech, "This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it".
Chappelle didn't hold back in an edgy monologue that aired uncensored, and surprisingly, SNL appeared to give him that leeway. One of the few mentions of politics came when McKinnon portrayed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg during the "Weekend Update" segment. 'Even the counterpoint lines-they give a celestial character and melodic lift to every one of his songs. In any given SNL season, there might only be an episode or two in which I'll watch both musical performances without fast-forwarding, but "We the People." with an extended tribute to the late Phife Dawg was great and guest appearances by Busta Rhymes and outcome kept me watching their second number, "The Space Program". "But I want my weekends back, so I can go be with my kids".