This "SNL" Skit About Female Characters in Male-Driven Comedies Is Perfect
Cecily Strong's latest "SNL" slay? Skewering the all-too-often one-dimensional female characters in male-driven comedies. On Saturday's "Weekend Update," Strong literally plays "the one-dimensional female character from a male-driven comedy," spouting monotone one-liners about her limitations — and the double standards — of being a woman on-screen:
"If I get too angry, I'm not sexy anymore," she says. "I'm just a nag, and I’m not old enough to play the nag. You have to be 28 for that. I’m somewhere between 18 and 27, but I date 40 and up — the fatter the better."
"Where do you go?" host Colin Jost later asks Strong, after she recounts a cliché scene at a baseball game, where her only purpose is to be a sexy prop for her male costars.
"Oh, I just turn off," she says. "Everything just kind of goes black for me. Then I come back to watch you do karaoke, and I surprise you by taking my clothes off in front of you after one shot of tequila."
"What’s next for you?" Jost asks.
"I can't say any more lines, or they have to pay me like a man," Strong says, before pretending to turn off like a robot.
The good news: A 2015 study at San Diego State University said female protagonists increased 10 percent from 2014 in the top 100 domestic films of the year, à la "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2", "The Divergent Series: Insurgent," and "Mad Max: Fury Road." Here's to hoping for more female protagonists who are as complex and nuanced as, y'know, real women are.
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