Last night’s season premiere of Saturday Night Live saw an appearance by an Olympian (Michael Phelps), a disappointing non-appearance by a presidential candidate (Barack Obama), and an exciting return by one of the show’s most beloved cast members (Tina Fey). Fey – former Weekend Update co-anchor, SNL head writer, and witty mind behind the script of Mean Girls – pulled through on her much-rumored cameo as her eerie doppelganger, Sarah Palin. Alongside cast member Amy Poehler, who played Hillary Clinton, Fey-as-Palin led a press conference on the subject of sexism in the presidential campaign.
I’d been excited about the sketch because I wanted to see what Fey made of the controversial Republican VP pick. But to my surprise, it turned out that Poehler’s Clinton was the real star of the skit, getting in some great and incisive zingers about how gender has played out so differently for each of the female candidates. This is a must-see no matter your stance on Palin; the questions of sexism these ladies raise deserve to be answered, and soon.
Special thanks to Peer Ed Naila, who suggested the post topic.