‘SNL’ addresses Staten Island coronavirus protest and Santas Mall during pandemic

‘SNL’ addresses Staten Island coronavirus protest and Santas Mall during pandemic
‘SNL’ addresses Staten Island coronavirus protest and Santas Mall during pandemic

“Saturday Night Live” made several sketches this weekend on the coronavirus, including one on Staten Island, NY, last week’s protest after the arrest of a bar owner who allegedly defied government restrictions on dining in inside.

Cast member Pete Davidson, from Staten Island, said the bar in question, Mac’s Public House, is in an area of ​​New York City with the second-highest number of confirmed cases of the virus – and restaurants are allowed to serve. food only outside.

“The owner said no one wanted to do this because they would go bankrupt,” Davidson said, “but the argument that the people of Staten Island don’t want to drink outside can be refuted by literally going to no any Little League Game. ”

Protesters made everyone on Staten Island “look like babies,” he added.

New York Sheriff’s deputies stand outside Mac’s Public House following the arrest of co-owner Danny Presti on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, in the borough of Staten Island in New York City. (Associated press)


“You know it’s bad when people in Boston are like, ‘Ahh, drink at home, you queers!’” He joked.

Davidson added that because of the protest, he “isn’t the first thing people think of when they say, ‘What’s the worst thing about Staten Island?’ ”

Bar co-owner Danny Presti told ‘Fox & Friends’ after his arrest: ‘We are losing faith and we are kind of losing faith in the ability of our local and municipal governments to help us.’ But, he said he would not stop fighting to save his business.

“We just need somehow either to be helped or to open up our squares and these state agencies and city agencies that come and threaten to fine us or take away our licenses every day. ‘isn’t fair,’ Presti said.

“SNL” made several other sketches related to the virus.

A Christmas sketch imagined how Santa Claus at the mall could safely spend the season – being inside a plastic bubble.

Pete Davidson de «Saturday Night Live». (Getty Images)


Another pointed to the awkwardness and guilt caused when a girl tells her mother that she will not be able to come home for the holidays due to the risks from the virus.

“You don’t need to come home for Christmas, okay?” I just want you to be safe, ”a mother, played by actor Heidi Gardner, tells her daughter via FaceTime. “I guess since you won’t come, I’ll just throw your stocking on the fire.”

Earlier, during the “Weekend Update” segment, co-host Michael Che joked that while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the first people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine be healthcare workers and residents of retirement homes to receive they will be Colin’s guests [Jost] and Scarlett’s [Johansson] holiday yacht party. ”

Che has often teased co-host Jost for being a Hollywood elite since he married actress A-list.

“I have mixed feelings about this vaccine,” he continued. “On the one hand, I’m black so naturally I don’t trust him, but on the other hand I’m on a white TV show so I could get the real one. ”


Less than half of African American adults said they felt good about getting the vaccine when it became available, which is in part linked to a history of racial medical experimentation on the part of the government , according to an investigation by COVID Collaborative, NBC News reported.

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