March 8 marked International Women’s Day, which many observed by participating in A Day Without a Woman. That apparently includes the entire female cast of “Saturday Night Live” as well as Scarlett Johansson, who hosted last night’s episode; as such, Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney took it upon themselves to write a sketch with a feminist bent in solidarity with their female castmates.
The joke, of course, is that they totally whiff it. Taking place in a restaurant, it finds Ace (Mooney) and Jake (Bennett) aghast (and maybe a little more surprised than they should be) at a number of disturbing truths: that women are frequently harassed, get paid less than men, only account for 28% of the Senate, and so on and so forth. Meanwhile, Johansson and Aidy Bryant are mostly confined to looking on as Ace and Jake go back and forth — the occasional “thank you for saying that” makes up most of their dialogue.
“I’m sure every woman in this restaurant has a story about microaggressions,” explains Bennett at one point. Mooney agrees, saying that all six of the women at the table next to him “probably has a story to tell”…and then walking away before any of them can do so. Watch below, and wait for the Lorde cameo (not that she gets to say much either).