February 8, 2017 - mh9868a
Commonplace 3: SNL Skit
As a top Trump donor told the outlet, “Trump doesn’t like his people to look weak.” This speaks volumes about Trump’s concept of weakness and strength — particularly since the cross-gender casting isn’t what made the “Sean Spicer Press Conference” go viral. It was because the sketch was incredibly funny, thanks to McCarthy’s comedic mastery.
In the Saturday Night Live (SNL) skit below, Melissa McCarthy impersonated Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer. The skit is a mock press conference held by Spicer (McCarthy), and the skit does not flatter him. The press secretary is shown as rude, short-tempered, and evasive. Audiences loved the skit because of its startling accuracy and entertaining humor. Apparently, Trump was not a fan of McCarthy’s impersonation.
As quoted above, Trump did not dislike the skit because of its content or its accuracy. Trump disliked it because a woman played Sean Spicer! Trump was very insulted because a member of his staff was portrayed as “weak,” or in other words, as a woman. The source choosing to associate a female actress with the word “weak” is exactly why there was a record turnout for the women’s march here in DC. Females are still being portrayed as subordinate to men, and the President of the United States is supporting that notion. As a nation that does not treat men and women equally, the President should be leading by example by treating women equally to men as opposed to supporting his locker room talk. Millions of young girls across the country will grow up seeing their country’s highest power bringing them down. Trump should stop focusing on the comedienne and start focusing on the skit’s message: The general public does not approve of his choice for press secretary.