Scarlett Johansson and Aidy Bryant said the ladies of “Saturday Night Live” proudly participated in last Wednesday’s “Day Without A Woman” strike, taking off work and leaving the sketch-writing to their male co-workers.
And, well, it didn’t go that smoothly.
In the new skit, the two welcome viewers by explaining they took the day off last Wednesday and haven’t seen the sketch they’re about to perform that was written by their two male co-workers Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett. The four sit down at a table and begin discussing women’s issues in light of International Women’s Day ― but the only people who get to speak in the script are the two men.
Bennett and Mooney go on and on about sexual harassment, equal pay, sexism on the internet and how horrible these issues are. Johansson and Bryant only get to speak when they read lines thanking the kind feminist men. “Thank you for saying that,” the two say in unison, reading off the teleprompter visibly confused.
The two faux feminist dudes even venture to discuss how hard it must be for women to experience microagressions on a daily basis. But, of course, they don’t ask women to talk about their experiences.
As John Oliver said on this week’s “Last Week Tonight,” it really is entertaining to see how men handle talking about International Women’s Day. “Every year, the best way of gauging not just how far women have come,” Oliver said. “But perhaps how far they still have to go, is by watching powerful men around the world trip over their dicks talking about the day.”
Well put, as always, John.