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SNL Had Jokes Written About Harvey Weinstein's Sexual Harassment Allegations--But Used None

SNL Had Jokes Written About Harvey Weinstein's Sexual Harassment Allegations--But Used None
Updated 7 months ago

Saturday Night Live is used to taking on controversial topics, but they seemed to have soft peddled away from the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault accusations that came out in a New York Times story this week. This weeks show had no mention of Weinstein. Creator Lone Michaels had this to say about it.

  “It’s a New York thing.” 

According to the New York Times, Michaels' thought the controversy surrounding Weinstein was too regional and not national enough for the show. That didn't go over very well with Donald Trump Jr. who seemed to be upset that his father is also from New York but SNL covered his sexual assault allegations.

Many others called out the show for it's lack of attention to the controversy. 

Former Congressman, Joe Walsh shared this tweet. Perhaps it escaped his memory that earlier in the week nearly 500 people were shot and 59 killed in a domestic terrorist attack in Las Vegas.  

In the same New York Times article it is stated that there were jokes at Weinstein's expense during rehearsal but that the jokes were scraped because they fell flat. The show did open on a somber note with Jason Aldean, who was on stage the night of the Vegas massacre, performing Tom Petty's  “I Won’t Back Down” Petty, had passed away earlier in the week. 

Before Aldean began the saong he had this to say:

 “I’m Jason Aldean. This week, we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history. Like everyone, I’m struggling to understand what happened that night and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal. So many people are hurting. There are children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends — they’re all part of our family. So I want to say to them: We hurt for you and we hurt with you. But you can be sure we’re going to walk through these tough times together, every step of the way, because when America is at its best, our bond and our spirit, it’s unbreakable.” 

You can watch Jason Aldean's performance in the clip below.

Maybe we'll get to laugh at Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault allegations next week on SNL. For now, he has been fired from the film company he co-founded.