“Saturday Night Live” may currently be in the middle of a transitional period, with a wave of stars having recently departed and other cast members still in the process of filling the void, but highlights still abound. The latest of these is another prerecorded short, this one a parody of the “God’s Not Dead” school of faith-based dramas in which a small-town baker played by Vanessa Bayer (currently the show’s standout performer) is asked to do the unthinkable: make a cake for a gay couple. When, on the strength of her convictions, she refuses, her would-be clients assure her she’ll “be hearing from [their] Jewish lawyer!”
In the funniest (which is to say, dispiritingly accurate) moment, a group of officials from the unnamed state in question sit huddled around a desk, contemplating their governmental woes: The poorest state, they’re also third in obesity and teen pregnancy. When Bayer walks in unannounced and declares, “I want to deny basic goods and services to gay people,” the head honcho responds, “Everybody out. This is the priority now.”
This, of course, ties the skit to the recent law in North Carolina denying protections to members of the LGBT community, the so-called “bathroom bill” that’s popping up in similar forms all across the country. ‘SNL’ seems at its best in election years and other moments of political upheaval; who could forget the “Racists for Donald Trump” video from a few months ago?