SNL Tackles Racism With Spot-On 'Stranger Things' Parody

Plus Kate McKinnon as Eleven and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Dustin.

Fans of “Stranger Things” will know the show’s first season left us with plenty of unanswered questions ― Where’s Eleven? Why did Barb die but Will live? Who is Eleven’s real dad? And where the heck are Lucas’ parents

On last night’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” the show tried to answer that last question, offering a hilarious parody of what’s to come on Season 2 of the Netflix show. The skit also provided some commentary on the #BlackLivesMatter movement, tackling police brutality and racism with humor. 

We learn that Lucas’ parents (Leslie Jones and Kenan Thompson) aren’t very supportive of their son looking for the Upside Down while hanging around with Mike (played by Kyle Mooney), Dustin (played wonderfully by the night’s host, Lin-Manuel Miranda) or Eleven (played by Kate McKinnon). In their eyes, the world is tough enough.

“Baby, people who look like us already live in the Upside Down,” they tell their son. “You don’t have to go looking for scary stuff. It finds you.” 

When Sheriff Hopper shows up, the parents put their hands in the air right away, a nod to “hands up, don’t shoot,” which became a protest symbol following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Lucas assures his parents they don’t have to be scared of Hopper because he’s the police chief. 

“We know!” Lucas’ dad says before pulling him away from his friends. “OK, let’s go. These white people are crazy.”



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