Cecily Strong played a character named “Tammy the Trucker”. Saturday night live this weekend – a woman who “talk about gas prices and definitely Not Cancellation.”
“All I’m talking about here is gas, although the Supreme Court said Roe v. calf did this big pit stop in the sky,” Strong jokes in the skit, beeping her prop horn. “Yuh, 50 yearsEars of precedent, beep beep!”
“cecile, are you all right?” replies Colin Jost. “It seems maybe she do I want to talk about abortion.”
Strong’s character reciprocates, “Calm your cooter down” before it descends into a tone that sounds more and more serious Speech on abortion rights.
“I I do not know, colin, I am I’m just trying to get through this moment OK?” she says. “Gsince the prices are going up and families really hurt but that’It won’t magically go away no matter who you choose.
“BHowever, what will continue to disappear is safe access to abortion,” she continues. “And it’s not really magic ‘Because they told us they will do just that and they did.”
Cecily trying to keep the comedy going but break in and break out Character, adds that these are “scary times‘ and pleads with viewers to get to the elections this week:
thThe truth is, I I’ve felt pretty helpless for the past year And it’s hard to know what to say to make other truckers feel better although Igot this big giant radio. So here’s one thing i do can say: TheThere is only one maternal thing we can do to fight for maternal freedom to make our own healthcare decisions, and that is vote.
“Because Remember,” she concludes the section forcefully, “we all love someone who has had an abortion.”
SNL has long sprinkled progressive politics into his skits, but I don’t recall ever seeing the show such a direct appeal to voters to protect abortion rights. Props to the authors and to Strong for using their platform in this way.
You can see the whole thing sketch here:
https://jezebel.com/snls-cecily-strong-as-tammy-the-trucker-we-all-love-so-1849749694 “We all love someone who has had an abortion”