Kate McKinnon n SNL Takes on Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill. The bill prevents primary school teachers from addressing sexual orientation or gender identity in a way that is “age inappropriate or developmentally inappropriate” for students.
McKinnon was featured in the evergreen Weekend Update segment on SNL, hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che.
With a big grin on her face, McKinnon quickly jumps to the topic, saying that she believes the bill “is amazing.” This naturally gets a shocked reaction out of Jost, who most certainly knows that the actress is gay herself. Soon after, it becomes clear that McKinnon appears to have no substantial understanding of what the bill is actually about and acts as if she understood its unofficial title literally.
Having been in middle school in the 1990s, McKinnon explains that the term ‘gay’ was used to bully her, which many can relate to. McKinnon gleefully voices her support for what she has understood the law to be and even adds, “in Florida of all places!” However, the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill is not devised to prevent the word from being used as an insult in schools. In actuality, this law limits LGBTQ+ discussions at school, restricting teachers’ ability to have healthy and educational conversations with their students. The bill also gives parents the right to sue schools that permit any kind of gender identity and sexual orientation discussions.
Jost shatters McKinnon’s state of happy delusion by telling her the truth. “I’m sorry to break this to you,” Jost concludes “it’s probably going to affect what you have to say.” But instead, in usual McKinnon fashion, the comedian adapts and makes fun of the bill by repeatedly, as if having multiple Freudian slips, letting the words “gay,” “trans,” and “lesbian” escape in place of other words.
Other topics cover during the SNL scene were HBO series Euphoria to the conflict occurring in Eastern Europe.
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