“Saturday Night Live” just made a joke about the new vaccination guidelines which sounds not funny anymore.
When Joe Biden became president, the long-running late-night comedy show didn’t hit him for months, and even then the ribbing was light-hearted — a far cry from how the show treated former President Donald Trump.
The show opened with a skit called “A message from Dr. Anthony Fauci,” with Kate McKinnon reprising her role as the leader of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“It’s your boy, Fauci, the patron saint of Purell,” said McKinnon, wearing fake ears and speaking in Fauci’s trademark gravelly voice.
“The CDC announced that people that are vaccinated no longer need to wear masks, outdoors or indoors. Pretty great, right?” McKinnon said. But “a lot of people had questions, such as, ‘what does that mean? What the hell are you talking about? Is this a trap?’”
The fake Fauci then said he’d found a few doctors who minored in the theatre to act out various scenarios to help clear up the confusion.
In the first scene, a couple pretended to be in a bar. Cast members Beck Bennett told Aidy Bryant that the fact that he is “entering a bar at 11 a.m.” should be proof that he is not “vaxxed.”
The change by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week confused some Americans, including store owners and public venues that can’t always be sure about who’s been fully vaccinated.
Fauci introduced a CDC improv troupe that seeks to teach Americans “correct mask behaviour.”
“Please welcome the CDC Players and their first scene, ‘Man walks into a bar,'” Fauci said.
“Welcome to a bar,” Aidy Bryant said.
“Thank you,” Beck Bennett said. “Do I still have to wear a mask indoors?”
“You actually do not … as long as you’re vaccinated,” she said.
“I’m not,” he said. “I’m entering a bar at 11 a.m. Did you really think I was vaxxed? Cause that’s on you.”
Another scenario featured Alex Moffat and Cecily Strong at a large gathering.
“I’m concerned,” Moffat said. “This is a pretty large gathering. Should we be wearing masks?”
“We don’t have to,” Strong replied. “Because we’re outside … the Capitol building.”
She displayed a handgun. “Now come on, let’s get ’em!”
In a scenario involving “young folks who started dating during the pandemic,” in Fauci’s words, Chloe Fineman found out what beau Andrew Dismukes really looks like after he took off his mask.
“Oh no,” she said. “I don’t like the bottom of your face.”
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