What did Saturday Night Live do for their cold open this week? They could have done the State of the Union. Instead, it was Jeff Bezos.
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To be specific, the show had a fake Meet the Press segment that was all about Bezos’ recent controversy when it comes to the National Enquirer and the parent company’s head David Pecker. Much of this stemmed from a recent essay Bezos wrote about the issue, suggesting that he was subject to blackmail and more; otherwise, the publication could make some sordid material available to consumers.
Much of the opening tonight was focused (surprisingly) on Bezos’ manhood, but eventually the show did focus on the State of the Union … mostly through Kate McKinnon’s version of Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The part about Bezos tonight was interesting, but the Wilbur Ross impersonation was very recently saw. There wasn’t really a whole lot new that the show could bring to the table.
Meanwhile, we did got a version of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker tonight — as played by Aidy Bryant. We do think a part of the SNL joke at the moment is to have many Trump Administration officials played by women and this continues it. Unfortunately, there wasn’t really enough time here to actually get a solid impression. Instead, the joke here was mostly just that Whitaker was about to drop some real, important news on Donald Trump … only to be interrupted by sordid photos of Bezos and a part of his anatomy.
What was the main message of this cold open? Well, we’d interpret it as simply this: The media is focusing on the wrong thing. The fact that the Enquirer is so popular is really all the evidence of that you need. There’s a reason why there are so many of these publications sell well — it’s apparently what the public is into. With that, this is a commentary on the public as much as the anything.
As for the comedic value of this sketch, there were some funny lines — yet, we just wish that there was a different angle that was a little more memorable than just the standard talk-show spoof.
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