SNL Cold Open Centers on Columbia University's Handling of Protests

Saturday Night Live‘s latest cold open took aim at Columbia University’s handling of the pro-Palestinian protests on campus amid the Israel–Hamas war.

During the sketch, Mikey Day, Kenan Thompson and Heidi Gardner played concerned parents of students participating in the protests.

Last week, hundreds of demonstrators were arrested after the school’s president called the New York Police Department to help restore order on campus. Police cleared the university’s Hamilton Hall after protesters occupied the administration building earlier in the day.

After being asked their thoughts on the protests, Gardner initially responded, “It’s been tough. Now, I’m all for free speech, but I don’t understand what they think they’re accomplishing and that’s really putting a strain on me and my daughter’s relationship.”

Thompson later shared his thoughts: “Nothing makes me prouder than young people using their voices to fight for what they believe in.” However, once Michael Longfellow’s Ryan Aper expressed that his daughter must feel very supported by him when protesting, his tone completely changed.

“Nah man, you bugging. Alexis Vanessa Roberts better have her butt in class. Let me find out she in one of them damn tents instead of the dorm room that I pay for,” Thompson snapped, as Longfellow noted, “I thought you were in favor of the student protest.”

“Man, I am supportive of y’all’s kids protesting, not my kid,” Thompson added. “My kid knows better. Shoot Alexis Vanessa ain’t crazy.”

Dua Lipa also made her SNL debut as host and musical guest on the latest episode.

More to come.

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