"Saturday Night Live" was lauded by many on the left, including celebrities, for speaking "truth to power" by mocking President Donald Trump and his administration — but they weren't as open about Hollywood's biggest sex scandal.
What did SNL say about the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal?
The second show of the 43rd season was hosted by Gal Gadot, the star of the hit movie "Wonder Woman," with musical guest Sam Smith. The opening sketch was a tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas massacre, and to singer Tom Petty, who died this week.
But they did not mention the enormous sex scandal rocking the entertainment world and causing many to accuse celebrities and entertainers of rank hypocrisy about sexual harassment and abuse.
What is the Weinstein sex scandal about?
Harvey Weinstein is a powerful movie executive with a long list of successes behind his name. Recently it was revealed that eight women have accused him of sexual harassment and abuse in what some say was an "open secret" in Hollywood. The accusations go back for decades.
Weinstein released a bizarre statement about the matter, seemingly affirming some of the accusations, and saying he was going to get help with his problem while focusing on attacking the NRA and Trump. His lawyer later said they would be suing over the matter.
What was the reaction to SNL's hypocritical silence?
Many on social media excoriated the show and its cast of comedians for what seemed like a cowardly act of silence.
Darrell Scott, a pastor and vehement Trump supporter, tweeted, "Why didn't big mouth Michael Che' say anything about Harvey Weinstein on SNL "Weekend Update"?He's got so much opinion about everything else," referring to the Weekend Update comedian.
Why didn't big mouth Michael Che' say anything about Harvey Weinstein on SNL "Weekend Update"?He's got so much opinion about everything else— Dr.Darrell Scott (@Dr.Darrell Scott)1507436712.0
ESPN columnist Buster Olney called SNL "gutless."
SNL with nothing on Weinstein? Gutless.— Buster Olney (@Buster Olney)1507453033.0
Even SNL does not mention Harvey Weinstein sex scandal . Hmm.— Inna desilva (@Inna desilva)1507450975.0
Not a single mention of Harvey Weinstein on #SNL . Ridiculous. Spineless.— Sylvanas Windrunner (@Sylvanas Windrunner)1507455983.0
Tonight’s Weekend Update brought to you by Harvey Weinstein. #SNL— Aaron V (@Aaron V)1507436713.0
Others tried to change the focus back to Trump and his past sexist statements.