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‘SNL’ Cold Open satirizes blacks against blacks. White Perceptions of Chauvin Trial – Deadline

The open cold of Saturday Night Live satirized the different perceptions of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis cop accused of the death of George Floyd, including the assumption among whites that justice will indeed be served.

The sketch presented the news program A look at Minnesota and their four-person anchor team – with Kenan Thompson and Ego Nwodim as anchors seated on the left, facing Kate McKinnon and Alex Moffat as news figures on the right – as they discuss this that has happened so far in the case.

“I thought the prosecution did a great job interviewing the medical examiner,” McKinnon said at first.

“The video footage alone should tell you everything you need to know about what happened… and I hope justice will be done,” Moffat said.

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“It seems like we all agree. There’s no way for Derek Chauvin to get away from it all, ”McKinnon said.

Then the camera shifts to Thompson and Nwodim, who said, “Good…

“Hang on a second. You’re not buying Chauvin’s defense, are you?” Moffat asks.

“Of course not,” said Thompson.

“I mean, the defense that tries to argue that George Floyd’s drug use is somehow responsible is just deplorable,” Nwodim said.

“It was clearly an act of desperation to create doubt where there is none,” said Thompson.

“Exactly. And there’s no way the jury will fall for that!” McKinnon said.

Then Thompson and Nwodim stepped in, again expressing doubts. “We don’t know about it.”

The skit went on to highlight the white anchors’ faith in the system against the skepticism of their black counterparts.

“Let’s just say we’ve seen this movie before,” Nwodim said.

“Boom!” Thompson added.

“Historically, police have escaped in other cases like this,” McKinnon said.

“Historically?” Thompson said. “She means every time,” Nwodim explained.

But through the skit, McKinnon and Moffat continue to reveal their naivety about the system.

“I want to choose my words carefully here, so to quote Thomas Jefferson…” Moffat said.

“It’s a bad start,” Thompson replied.

They later spoke of the possible fallout and the hope that justice will finally be served.

“The last thing we want is another riot,” said Thompson.

“Amen to that,” said Nwodim.

Then Moffat went further. “And I think we can all agree that no matter how bad things are, destroying property is never the answer.”

Then Thompson and Nwodim weren’t exactly going for it. “I wouldn’t say that,” Nwodim said. “… There is insurance.”

“It’s not just the property. I just think the protests should be non-violent, ”Moffat said, a little haughtily.

Thompson replied, sarcastically, “Well, thanks for that little note.”

The funniest part of the opening came towards the end, when they turned to other hot topics.

“No more sad news. Sadly, we lost royalty yesterday, ”McKinnon said.

“Yeah, the DMX rapper is dead,” Nwodim said.

“I was talking about the Prince,” McKinnon corrected.

“Girl, Prince is dead,” Nwodim replied.

“No, she means Prince Philip of England,” Moffat said.

“Meghan Markle’s boyfriend?” Thompson asked.

Watch the full cold open above.

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