Canadians are known for many things, but when it comes to being portrayed in the media, two attributes stand out. One, we have a reputation for being very nice people, and two, we have an affinity for the word ‘sorry.’ Or ‘sore-y,’ which is how it sounds to the rest of the world. Sorry, we’ll work on our pronunciation. On this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, Canada’s politeness and love of apologizing became fodder for a #MeToo sketch.
Former cast member Bill Hader returned to 30 Rock on Saturday night to promote his upcoming HBO show Barry and to clinch the title of best host of the season so far. Does he have an unfair advantage? Of course. Do we care as long as we get to see the return of Stefon? No.
In one of the evening’s final sketches, Hader puts on his best ‘hoser’ accent to play fictional film and TV producer Thomas Logan, who is accused by the CBC of being Canada’s answer to Harvey Weinstein. Recently ousted at his own company by himself (very un-Weinstein), Logan reveals that his compliments towards female employees quickly went too far. They didn’t, but isn’t it nice to imagine a world where women go to work, and their biggest fear is someone saying they have nice sunglasses? Sounds dreamy.
Side note: why has no one made “It Happened At Tim Horton’s” yet?
Of course, Canadians know that our #MeToo issue is just as real as the rest of North America. Most Americans watching the sketch likely wouldn’t make the connection between the #MeToo movement and the CBC, where now disgraced journalist Jian Ghomeshi worked for years while allegedly assaulting and harassing several female employees and women he met in his private life.
It’s not often that SNL delivers a sketch that depicts how great the world could be, but on Saturday night, a little video about Canada made us laugh and made us want to keep fighting for the ‘Canadian version’ of #MeToo that currently only exists in comedy.
Catch Bill Hader on Barry, premiering Sunday, March 25 at 10:30 p.m. ET on HBO Canada.