SNL debates outcome of Derek Chauvin trial for George Floyd’s death in cold open


Saturday Night Live‘s latest show opened with a satire of black and white Americans’ differing views on Derek Chauvin‘s murder trial over the death of George Floyd.  

In the cold open on Saturday night, comedians Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kenan Thompson and Ego Nwodim played local news anchors discussing how ’emotional’ Chauvin’s trial – which wrapped up its second week on Friday – has been thus far. 

All four newscasters agreed that the prosecution had presented a very strong case and that former Minneapolis cop Chauvin, who is white, should been convicted of second-degree murder and other charges for the death of Floyd, who was black, last May.  

However a debate broke out when Moffat and McKinnon, who are white, expressed confidence that Chauvin would be convicted – while Thompson and Nwodim, who are black, shared deep skepticism, saying: ‘We’ve seen this movie before.’  

Saturday Night Live’s latest show opened with a satire of black and white Americans’ differing views on Derek Chauvin’s murder trial over the death of George Floyd. Ego Nwodim, Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon and Alex Moffat (left to right) played local ‘Eye on Minnesota’ news anchors discussing how ’emotional’ the trial has been in its first two weeks  

A debate broke out when Moffat and McKinnon, who are white, expressed confidence that Chauvin would be convicted - while Thompson and Nwodim, who are black, shared deep skepticism, saying: 'We've seen this movie before'

A debate broke out when Moffat and McKinnon, who are white, expressed confidence that Chauvin would be convicted – while Thompson and Nwodim, who are black, shared deep skepticism, saying: ‘We’ve seen this movie before’

All four anchors on the fictional ‘Eye on Minnesota’ show were in agreement about the Chauvin trial until Moffat said: ‘Hopefully, justice will be served.’ 

‘That sounds like we all agree,’ McKinnon replied. ‘There is no way Derek Chauvin walks away from all of this.’ 

Sitting across the table Nwodim and Thompson scrunched their noses and said in unison: ‘Well….’ 

‘Wait – you guys aren’t buying into Chauvin’s defense are you?’ Moffat asked. 

‘Of course not,’ Thompson said before Nwodim added: ‘The defense trying to make a case that George Floyd’s drug use was somehow responsible is just deplorable.’ 

‘It was a clear act of desperation to create doubt where there is none,’ Thompson said.

‘Exactly, and there’s no way the jury’s going to fall for that,’ McKinnon responded.

Nwodim and Thompson again recoiled with skepticism, with Nwodim saying: ‘Let’s just say, we’ve seen this movie before.’ 

Trying to keep the peace, McKinnon acknowledged that ‘historically, police officers have gotten away in other cases like this’.

‘Historically?’ Thompson asked incredulously. ‘She means every single time,’ Nwodim replied.

Moffat then chimed in: ‘You guys can least admit this country has made a lot of progress recently.’ 

Thompson and Nwodim cut him off, asking: ‘For who?’ and ‘When?’

The skit made light of the differing ways black and white Americans may be viewing the ongoing legal proceedings, with McKinnon and Moffat playing politically correct white anchors making tone-deaf comments to their black colleagues

The skit made light of the differing ways black and white Americans may be viewing the ongoing legal proceedings, with McKinnon and Moffat playing politically correct white anchors making tone-deaf comments to their black colleagues

Nwodim and Thompson repeatedly pushed back at their co-anchors' tone-deaf comments

Nwodim and Thompson repeatedly pushed back at their co-anchors’ tone-deaf comments 

‘Maybe don’t go there Craig,’ McKinnon cautioned Moffat.

‘No please, go there Craig!’ Thompson hit back. 

‘Look, I want to choose my words carefully here, so to quote Thomas Jefferson – ‘ Moffat said before he was interrupted once again by his frustrated black colleagues. 

Moffat then suggests asking the weatherman Calvin for his thoughts. 

‘Man don’t put me into this mess,’ Calvin, played by black cast member Chris Redd, said. 

‘Look, I don’t want to get fired but obviously it’s an open and shut case,’ he continued, drawing praise from Moffat and McKinnon.

But Calvin then adds: ‘That being said, he’s a white cop in Minnesota so I’m going to guess probation with pay,’ to which Thompson and Nwodim agreed. 

The group then briefly discuss how they hope violence won’t break out surrounding the trial, with Moffat saying: ‘I think we can all agree that no matter how bad things are, destroying property is never the answer.’

‘We’ll be sure to tell the others,’ Nwodim replied.  

Toward the end of the sketch the group found themselves at odds again when talking about news that ‘royalty’ had died.  

‘You mean DMX!’ Thompson said.  

‘I mean Prince Phillip of England,’ McKinnon shot back. 

They did manage to agree on one thing at the end of the sketch when Moffat brought up Matt Gaetz, the Florida congressman currently under investigation for sex trafficking.     

The group did manage to agree on one thing at the end of the sketch when Moffat brought up Matt Gaetz, the Florida congressman currently under investigation for sex trafficking

The group did manage to agree on one thing at the end of the sketch when Moffat brought up Matt Gaetz, the Florida congressman currently under investigation for sex trafficking

The SNL producers delved deeper into the Gaetz controversy on Weekend Update, where host Colin Jost poked fun at the Republican lawmaker for his decision to speak at a Women For America First event amid the scandal. 

‘Our favorite Florida congressman Matt Gaetz… allegedly sent $900 on Venmo to a sex trafficker who then forwarded that same exact money to three young women in payments labeled “Tuition and school”. If true, it would make him the only congressman actually helping with student loans,’ Jost joked. 

He added: ‘At least Gaetz is taking the allegations seriously. That’s why yesterday he spoke at the Women For America First summit, which is a nice change to see women pay for an hour with Matt Gaetz.’

During the Women For America First event – which was held in Miami on Friday night – Gaetz took to the podium, where he declared he had the support of former President Donald Trump, as well as the backing of Reps Majorie Taylor Greene and Jim Jordan. 

Th mention of those three names amused Jost, who wisecracked on the Weekend Update segment: ‘Did he think those were good character references? Who is next on his list? The ghost of Jeffrey Epstein?’ 

The SNL producers delved deeper into the Gaetz controversy on Weekend Update, where host Colin Jost (pictured) poked fun at the Republican lawmaker for his decision to speak at a Women For America First event amid the scandal

The SNL producers delved deeper into the Gaetz controversy on Weekend Update, where host Colin Jost (pictured) poked fun at the Republican lawmaker for his decision to speak at a Women For America First event amid the scandal



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