Saturday Night Live took on the Derek Chauvin trial in this weekend’s cold open — blatantly endorsing political violence and property damage if he is not convicted.
The program seems to be increasingly focused on pushing left wing politics instead of comedy.
During this episode, the cast spoofed a Minneapolis morning news show to discuss the trial over George Floyd’s death in custody.
“Sounds like we all agree there’s no way Derek Chauvin walks away from this,” Kate McKinnon said.
Two black cast members, Keenan Thompson and Ego Nwodim, immediately began to express doubt.
McKinnon goes on to discuss how the defense has been arguing that Floyd’s cause of death was actually the fatal amount of drugs in his system.
“And there’s no way the jury is gonna fall for that,” McKinnon says.
The black actors continue to express doubt that a white officer will be convicted.
Midway through the skit, a white cast member playing an anchor disavows violence and property damage.
“I think we can all agree that no matter how bad things are, destroying property is never the answer,” he says.
The two black actors respond with “I wouldn’t say that,” before adding “there’s insurance” and it’s “just property.”
“I just think protests should be non-violent,” the anchor responds, drawing ire from the black cast members who begin downplaying his opinion for being white.