Benedict Cumberbatch Parodies the Leaked Roe v. Wade Opinion on "SNL"

Benedict Cumberbatch Parodies the Leaked Roe v. Wade Opinion on "SNL"

05/09/2022

On the May 7 episode of “Saturday Night Live,” host Benedict Cumberbatch teamed up with cast members Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, Chris Redd, Andrew Dismukes, and James Austin Johnson to parody the leaked Roe v. Wade opinion draft. As “SNL” points out in the beginning of the sketch, in the opinion, Justice Samuel Alito referenced “a treatise from 13th Century England” as support for his anti-abortion ruling. Accordingly, the show sent its cast back in time to “that profound moment” in the 13th century when the treatise was written.

Cumberbatch, Dismukes, and Johnson play three men with very silly haircuts, deeply misogynistic views, and basically no knowledge of biology or sexual health. They banter about why abortion should be illegal. Strong appears as a woman who has some relevant opinions to share, but of course, the men don’t listen to her. Redd also tries to sway their decision, but as a Black man, he’s also ignored. Finally, McKinnon enters as a woman who can see the future, and she has words of comfort — and concern.

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