Saturday Night Live hit it out of the park again last weekend. The cast and writers have been on a roll recently and, as per usual, have plenty of material to work with - thanks in part to Donald Trump. Aside from Lorde’s killer performances and an appearance by Alec Baldwin as Trump facing an alien invasion during the cold open, one sketch rose above the rest as the most in-your-face jab of them all. The show’s host, actress Scarlett Johansson, took on the role of Ivanka Trump in a mock perfume ad. The name of the fragrance was “complicit,” an obvious burn that called attention to her unwillingness to stand up to her father, and for what is right.
The ad takes us through a black-tie gala, onlookers lock onto Ivanka's every move as she floated through the room, the voiceover enters, “she’s beautiful, she’s powerful, she’s complicit.” Continuing to glide through the room, with the guests’ glances becoming more disapproving during the progression of the ad, the voice continues, “She’s a woman who knows what she wants, and knows what she’s doing. A feminist. A champion. An advocate for women. Like…how?” The ad continued to slam Ivanka Trump, even making a reference to the infamous leaked tape scandal involving the president bragging about his…conquests, “She’s loyal. Devoted. Probably should have bounced after that whole Access Hollywood bus thing.”
The ad concluded with the tagline, “The fragrance for the woman who could stop all this, but won’t.”
Watch the full clip below:
Ivanka Trump has continued to amass disapproval from the public, in spite of the fact that she is the complete opposite of her father in terms of outspokenness. People took to Twitter to criticize her in the aftermath of the first draft of the traveler ban order when she posted a photo of herself and husband Jared Kushner on their “date night,” all while citizens rallied at airports around the country to protest the ban. She came under fire for being insensitive and “tone deaf,” accused of living in a bubble, ignoring the cries of the people begging for a sane voice to stand up to the president, her father. The sketch was dead on with the narrative of the public’s opinion.
In a lighter Trump-themed sketch, which also featured Johansson, a group of three scientists unveiled a breakthrough in telepathic communication. Before a panel, the trio presented a dog outfitted with a helmet that turned his dog-thoughts into human speech. There’s no narrative here. The dog speaks for itself. Take a look: