It’s been a controversial few weeks for Saturday Night Live — and especially for cast member Pete Davidson, who was criticized for openly mocking a veteran. But this week, with a new sketch called “RBG Rap,” the 25-year-old seems ready to work to get back in the public’s good graces.
His video, which also stars SNL cast member Chris Redd, features a rap dedicated to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who last week drew public concern when she fractured three ribs in a fall. “Yo, this country … is crazy,” says Davidson at the start of the video. “You know there’s only like one lady holding the whole damn thing together, right?”
Kate McKinnon, a cast member who regularly plays Ginsburg, then appears dressed as the justice and proceeds to dance as the two men rap. “Her name RBG and she born in BK; running the Supreme Court, killin’ it since ’33,” sings Davidson. “She went to law school; she was first in her class. If she ever wants to date, I’ll please the court on that ass.”
“Supreme Court’s a boys club; she holds it down no cares given,” says Redd. “Who else has six movies about her and is still livin’?” Redd goes on to mention that the 85-year-old survived the Depression and “Twitter attacks” from President Trump, then ends by discussing her current issue: “Broken ribs can’t stop her; she eats that s*** for lunch.”
The internet quickly reacted to the video, calling it an anthem and praising McKinnon’s performance.
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Ginsburg, who has not responded to the video, is reportedly back at work. But the offers of ribs from her fans and followers — which poured in after her fall — haven’t stopped. During an appearance over the summer, the justice said she has “at least” five more years on the court. For Davidson, it might mean that many more chances at a comeback.
I know Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is better, but I’d still like to offer up some of my ribs so she has some spares.
— Gabe #DreamActNow Ortíz (@TUSK81) November 17, 2018
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