Monday, January 30, 2023

Cecily Strong’s clown abortion on SNL is no joke

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One of the most uplifting and far-reaching criticisms of Texas’ controversial abortion law was made on Saturday by a woman dressed as a circus clown.

In a viral segment, Saturday Night Live cast Cecily Strong appeared as Huber the clown in the latest Weekend Update to comment on Senate Act # 8, which deprives people of abortion rights by preventing doctors from terminating pregnancies after about six weeks.

“Here to cheer us up – well, it can’t be true – the clown Gober, who had an abortion when she was 23 … Gober, did you have an abortion when you were 23?” said “Weekend Update” co-host Colin Yost when Strong showed up wearing a hot pink hat, oversized clothes and a red clown nose.

“[P]People keep talking about it, so I have to keep talking about my fucking abortion, ”Strong said in a stupid, perky voice. “But this is a rough topic, so we’ll do some funny clown stuff to make it more palatable.”

By pouring water on Jost with an artificial flower on her lapel, trying to create animals from balloons, and clutching a horn that refused to hum, Strong’s Goberclown taught the public “clown abortion,” using clowns as substitutes for people who might become pregnant. …

“I wish I didn’t have to do this, because the abortion I had at 23 is my personal clown business,” she said. “But that’s all some people in this country want to talk about all the time, even though clown abortion was legalized in Clown v. Wade in 1973. … You knew that every third clown will have a clown abortion in their life? “

After Jost told Jost to pull her finger and begged him to laugh, “how I laughed when the doctor asked if I got pregnant on the way to the clinic because I was not far away,” Strong’s clown alter ego described his experience … attends her pregnancy termination appointment.

At one point, Yost seemed to break his temper by saying, “You don’t have to do this, Cecily.” To which Strong immediately replied, “Who is Cecily? I am Huber. “

“And in the waiting room they had a little guestbook where all the clowns could write their own clown story about abortion so that the next clown would read it so she didn’t feel so lonely,” she continued.

“And then, years later, you’ll be at dinner with a large group of clowns, and one clown will go out of action and say that he had an abortion, and then, like the other eight clowns at the table, he will say that they also had an abortion, because this so often. And then everyone is excited and happy to talk about it. But it sounds like “Wow! We kept this secret for so long, even though we were so grateful that it happened. “

When Yost asked Strong point-blank if the clowns in this case were “real women,” the comedian strayed, accusing her SNL colleague of insulting women by comparing them to clowns.

“Here’s my truth,” Strong said in a chipmunk’s shrill voice after inhaling helium from the balloon. “I wouldn’t be a clown here on TV today if it wasn’t for the abortion I had the day before my 23rd birthday.

“Clowns have helped each other terminate pregnancies since the days of the caves. This will happen. So it has to be safe, legal and affordable. We will not return to the alley. I mean, the last thing anyone wants is a bunch of dead clowns in a dark alley.

Strong’s performance has garnered over 4 million views on YouTube and Twitter since Saturday night, and thousands of people have showered praise on the actor for tackling a historically taboo topic on national television.

A number of high-profile abortion advocates reacted negatively to the episode, calling it “tragic,” “sick,” and “unfunny.”

“I only realized the brutal honesty behind this sketch on my second viewing, and … I think Cecily Strong deserves an Emmy.” tweeted Karen K. Ho, Senior Correspondent for Business Insider.

“Our stories help us fight for justice and freedom – even when, no joke, they make us laugh,” wrote Alexis McGill Johnson, President of Planned Parenthood. Thank you Cecily.

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