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SNL proved Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) right Saturday after the media had already been mischaracterizing the so-called “Don’t Say Gay Bill,” demonstrating they’re more interested in indoctrination than satire.
During the “Weekend Update” segment of the March 6 Saturday Night Live broadcast, the openly gay comedienne Kate McKinnon joined Colin Jost to comment on the recent legislation out of the Sunshine State. Entering the scene, McKinnon feigns enthusiasm for the law as she describes a perception based on the nickname of HB 1557.
Kate McKinnon stops by the Update desk to discuss Florida's Don't Say Gay Bill pic.twitter.com/NjLd7HXXXq
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) March 6, 2022
McKinnon recounted experiences in middle school hearing people use the word gay as a negative adjective before stating her surprise, “that Ron DeSantis has taken a stand and said ‘No, you cannot say gay in school anymore’, I’m just like, I’m so jazzed and in Florida of all places.”
Jost then states that clearly McKinnon had misunderstood the law before explaining what the law “actually means.” “You can’t acknowledge that gay exists at all,” Jost said before suggesting that it would prohibit teachers from speaking about gay people in history and if a student tells a teacher in confidence that they are gay, that teacher must report that information to the parents.
Of course, the law doesn’t actually say those things. HB 1557 is not one of those omnibus bills that contains thousands of pages of legal jargon with amendments to separate and distinct thousand page bills.
Barely seven pages long, the law seeks to prohibit classrooms from having discussions “about sexual orientation or gender identity in certain grade levels or in a specified manner” and that parents must be made aware of their rights regarding their children’s education on these matters.
Further, it states that “school district personnel” are prohibited “from discouraging or prohibiting parental notification and involvement in critical decisions affecting a student’s mental, emotional, or physical well-being.”
(Video: Ron DeSantis/YouTube)
Pointing out the misnomer in labeling the bill “Don’t Say Gay,” DeSantis spoke out on the continued mischaracterizations, “When I hear these things and then I look on the paper about what it is, there’s this massive gulf between what it actually says with respect to these very young kids versus what some of these protests in the capital or whatever are about.”
“And I get it,” DeSantis went on, “if you are intentionally just trying to create a political narrative and you know it’s not true, but you still do it, that’s unfortunately, the world we live in.”
“But I do feel that there’s some people who haven’t read it,” DeSantis added, “and who are actually accepting some of the narratives whole cloth. Be very, very careful. When you see that ecosystem starting to spin up narratives, be very, very careful about accepting any of that whole cloth.”
SNL exhibited exactly the kind of narrative that DeSantis warned about as their sketch continued. McKinnon went on disparage the bill and the outcome it may have for kids while repeatedly using terms from the LGBT lexicon as though she were misspeaking.
Returning to the negative adjective use of the word gay, McKinnon referred to the law as the “gayest law” that she had ever seen before closing out her appearance by “singing” the word gay over and over set to the tune of Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water.”
Most of the responses to the posted segment sustained the echo chamber that the SNL cast members reside in. However, there were a few commenters that called out the show for spreading obvious falsehoods.
Too bad SNL never knows what they’re talking about. The bill has nothing to do with whatcha think
— CM (@Typhanus) March 6, 2022
It’s actually the “Don’t groom kids” bill, but ok.
— Master Chief Captain Moroni (@Hotchkiz) March 6, 2022
SNL’s jealousy of successful Republican governors is actually more funny than their skits
— Michael Rogers (@mdrsalem63) March 6, 2022
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