Saturday Night Live launched its 41st season with Miley Cyrus hosting and the real special guest being Hillary Clinton–and, boy, that political stunt ended up being as painful as expected. It was worse than Miley pulling a Justin Bieber and getting all emotional during one of her songs. Partly because Hillary had to show up right before that to introduce Miley as the musical guest, because we guess that’s some kind of big political endorsement. We’re not sure why Miley needs Hillary’s endorsement, but there we are.
Anyway, the SNL highlight was, in fact, a lowlight. Hillary couldn’t just show up and do some kind of gag to acknowledge why Kate McKinnon’s impersonation of the presidential candidate has people really relating to the sheer phoniness of the former First Lady. Instead, we got an extended political ad where Lorne Michaels and Kate assured us that they really love Hillary, and nothing really bad will be said about her this season.
That involved Hillary playing her own sounding board, as a bartender that Kate’s Hillary unloaded on about the sheer unfairness of how people just don’t appreciate the greatness of Hillary Clinton. No room for jokes in that high concept. Here it is, as cringey as this entire coming season of SNL seems determined to be…