Saturday Night Live targets Texas abortion law with clown sketch

Saturday Night Live took aim at the Texas’s new abortion law during their ‘weekend update” with a clown sketch.

“Goober,” who is a clown played by Cecily Strong, appeared on SNL to respond to the Texan law that effectively bans abortion after six weeks, because just one day before she turned 23, she had a “clown abortion.”

“I really don’t [want to talk about this],” Strong’s character said. “But people keep bringing it up, so I gotta talk about freaking abortion… I wish I didn’t have to do this, because the abortion I had at 23 is my personal clown business.”

Strong’s performance was furious for the duration. “It’s a rough subject,” her character says, “so we’re gonna do fun clown stuff to make it more palatable. Who wants a balloon animal?” Strong also used her performance to deliver some “facts”.

“Did you know that one in three clowns will have an abortion in her lifetime?” she asked. “You don’t, because they don’t tell you. They don’t even know how to talk to other clowns about it, because when they do talk about it, if you were a clown who wasn’t the victim of something sad like clown-cest, they think your clown abortion wasn’t a ‘righteous clown abortion.’ I mean, what the dick is that?!”

Strong was then given a warning about her language. “It’s funny, Colin, we’re having fun—just laugh, pull my finger… Laugh! I need it! I need you to laugh so hard, like the way I laughed when the doctor asked if I got pregnant on my way over to the clinic because I wasn’t very far along.”

“Not like a funny-haha joke,” she said, “but like, in a funny, you’re not an awful person and your life isn’t over joke. A-honka honka!”




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