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  • Hill Denizen

    So many feels. I was having a conversation on Saturday about how we weren’t sure how they were going to go with the opening and how/if they were going to address the election outcome. This was so simple, so perfect.

  • ctk

    Yet SNL invited Trump to host an episode during the freaking campaign.

    • eb

      Her improvised lyrics (ostensibly as Hillary Clinton) are: i did my best, it wasnt much. i couldnt feel so i tried to touch.

      Hillary Clinton did way more than not much this election and and she is a human being with feelings. Its a tired media trope that she is a unfeeling robot and it lead in no small part to the result we have today.

      • katemc

        That wasn’t improvised. Those are lyrics as written by Leonard Cohen, but not included in many of the more famous covers of the song (as he wrote it to be a very long song, much of it gets cut during covers). http://genius.com/Leonard-cohen-hallelujah-lyrics

        • eb

          Thanks very much for clarifying! I wanted to the song but was burned up by the words. Of The version I know is Jeff Buckley’s which does not include that verse.

          • eb

            * I wanted to like the song

  • skj84

    Chills. Chocked up when I first watched on Saturday. Just so raw and real.

  • nora

    imo this was dumb. most of us DC types know that the political comedy done by these types is effectively propaganda, but it only works if there’s an element of plausible deniability vis-a-vis the huge swath of the country that still watches this stuff and actually votes red. this takes the mask off in a way removes any kind of plausible deniability, and won’t be forgotten. grieving of this nature should be done backstage.

    • Truxtoner

      No.

    • Big T

      +100
      This was extremely disappointing in many ways. This took time away from Dave and Tribe, and showed how heavy-handed SNL has stooped to the election.
      SNL DOES NOT EXIST TO UPSET ME, IT EXSISTS TO MAKE ME LAUGH!

      • wdc

        Yeah, I feel the same way about reality TV show hosts.

      • Andie302

        Disagree – the opening sketches are usually much longer, and Dave had a longer monologue than most people manage to get, plus Tribe did two songs (that’s normal), one of which included lyrics about Trump. Did you forget to complain about that?

    • John

      Tend to agree. Just absurdly heavy-handed and self-indulgent.

    • I like to watch SNL for its comedic sketches, not to politically overanalyze every single frame.

    • caballero

      Plus, it just sounds like nails on a chalkboard. I was listening to the radio (89.3) last night, and I had no idea who this person was, but I COULD NOT STAND HER VOICE. I changed the station for a few minutes, then went back to 89.3 and learned it was from SNL. It was truly one of the worst things I have ever heard. I was yelling at the radio.

      • Anonymous

        Oh sweet jesus give me a break. Objectively speaking it was a competent live musical performance from someone who is not a professional musician. You must have a very narrow musical experience if this was truly one of the worst things you’ve heard.

      • maxwell smart

        I’ve heard FAR worse covers of this song. The Rufas Wainright cover comes to mind.

        • wdc

          Oh, I love the Rufus Wainwright version.
          But caballero needs to dial down the hyperbole. Kate McKinnon did a self-accompanied live performance of a very difficult song, and she did fine. Am I rushing to download it for my ipod? Nah. But Hallelujah is one of the most covered songs in music history, so there’s a lot of competition.

          • Jeff Buckley’s version is pretty incredible!

          • maxwell smart

            Hot take: IMO Jeff Buckley’s version is the definitive version.

      • skj84

        I loved the rawness of her voice. It wasn’t perfect nor was that the point.

        • anon

          Yes … exactly what I thought. Music is a form of human expression that doesn’t need to be perfect to make a powerful point – something we’ve forgotten in our musical celebrity recording autotune culture.

    • maxwell smart

      ” political comedy done by these types is effectively propaganda” – so does that also mean we are blaming Veep for this election?

  • ehdc

    “Wrong.” SNL doesn’t just make us laugh it can help viewers process or advance dialogue (think about post 9/11 or the “let’s agree not to use ‘ghetto'” sketch from last year). They did a good job. The cold open song acknowledged (with a nod to Leonard Cohen RIP) and mourned the election and gave encouragement, then Dave’s open told people to be open minded and move forward.

  • Brendan

    Oh how brave…

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