Play on, players
It was going to happen sooner or later in epic fashion and the women of Saturday Night Live did not disappoint. With the tsunami of sexual harassment and assault allegations, their “Welcome to Hell” skit, featuring Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and host Saoirse Ronan added some levity to a dark, dark time — all while keeping it horribly, horribly real.
“Hey there, boys, we know the last couple months have been insane,” Strong starts off. Bryant adds, “All of these big, cool, powerful guys are turning out to be, what’s the word, habitual predators. And it’s like, dang, is this the world now?”
That’s when Strong gives everyone with blinders on a reality check: “This has been the damn world.”
It may look like a Katy Perry video from 2010 but the lyrics are far from it, refusing to sugarcoat all the awful things women endure. And then Jones steps in to remind everyone that “it’s, like, a million times worse for a woman of colour.”
And the list goes on and on ….
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) December 3, 2017
Sigh, we’d laugh if it wasn’t all true.
“Welcome to hell” is my favorite sketch of the night
“This ain’t a girl group, we just travel in a pack for safety”
— angela noelle (@angelanoelle18) December 3, 2017
I was all about this “Welcome to Hell” video, and then Leslie Jones showed up to say it’s literally even worse if you’re a WOC and it got even better. #SNL
— CRT (@StoryofEverest) December 3, 2017
— Nancy Bragin (@NancyBragin) December 3, 2017
I AM GOING TO PLAY WELCOME TO HELL FOR EVERY GUY I MEET THAT COMPLAINS ABOUT HOW “FEMINAZIS” ARE RUINING EVERYTHING #SNL
— crayola™ (@fakedannydevito) December 3, 2017
OMG “Welcome to Hell”
I needed this!!
Thank God for #SNL
— Peg Phillips 🏳️🌈 (@PegPhillipsCPA) December 3, 2017
Billy Bush reaffirms Donald Trump’s Access Hollywood tape is real
It was just over a year ago that the Access Hollywood tapes came out, in which then-reality star Donald Trump could be overheard talking about women in a disgusting manner to a bus full of men and where the line “Grab ’em by the p*ssy” was born. Blech. Last week, The New York Times reported that the former reality star-turned POTUS has been claiming those recordings are fake.
Not so, says Billy Bush, who was caught in the middle of it all.
In an op-ed piece in the Times, Bush wrote, “Of course he said it. And we laughed along…” Bush adds there were seven other men present, and they all assumed what they were listening to was “locker room talk.”
“We now know better,” wrote Bush, adding the names of some of the women who accused Trump of gross misconduct, alleging that the president is, in fact, a serial sexual assailant. Billy also writes repeatedly that he believes the women.
Bush, who lost his job at NBC because of the part he played, was remorseful and believes he’s a “better man” for it. “Today is about reckoning and reawakening, and I hope it reaches all the guys on the bus.” Believe it.
Beyoncé changes her email every week, because she’s Beyoncé
If you’re wondering why Beyoncé hasn’t gotten back to you, perhaps you have the wrong email address. According to her latest duet partner Ed Sheeran, Bey is a tough woman to get a hold of.
“I have an email address that I email that actually changes every week,” Sheeran told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s kind of like what I aspire to be, I think.”
Their “Perfect” (literally) collaboration has “been in the works since May,” Ed detailed, after they finally connected by phone.
“Obviously she had twins [in June], and we finished it in September, so I’ve been holding onto it since then,” he said of the recently released track. Oh, and if you wondered if Bey is less-than-perfect when recording — NOPE. According to Ed, she does her vocals in one take, adding they were “probably in the studio for four hours.”
Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran are the duo we can’t get enough of
Before Bey, there was Taylor Swift. And she and BFF Sheeran fired up KIIS FM’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball concert on Friday when they performed “End Game” live for the first time.
— iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) December 2, 2017
It was just one in her six-song set but it brought the house down. Just wait until her Reputation tour hits stadiums starting next May. Yes, please.
Lightsaber training for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is as cool as you think it’ll be
Aside from the whole Star Wars-ness about it all, it’s the action scenes that have us on the edge of our seats. So with The Last Jedi hitting theatres in less than two weeks, a new behind-the-scenes featurette was released, showing just how hard all the actors had to work. Quick learner Daisy Ridley, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, newcomer Kelly Marie Tran and Adam Driver all show just how impressive their skills are. Is it Dec. 15 yet?