#EndorseThis: On SNL, Santa's Tricky Moment With Savvy Kids

Ruben Ruiz
December 13, 2017

"Saturday Night Live's" attempt to get in the Christmas spirit was quickly stifled when kids asked Santa some hard-hitting, uncomfortable questions.

After asking for a Mega Bloks dinosaur and laser tag, a boy named Tyler asks: "Can you tell me, what did Al Franken do?"

"Saturday Night Live" wasted little time in answering whether the show would address the controversy surrounding one of its own, former cast member and writer Al Franken, who resigned from the U.S. Senate last week after allegations of inappropriate behavior.

"It's not really a list, it's more of a registry", says Sugarplum... oops, make that Amy. Tyler asked by way of follow-up.

The next child to sit on Santa's lap asked if President Trump was also on the naughty list. "Our president may have said or done a few naughty things".

"19 accusers, Google it", Amy chimes in.

The audience laughs, and Thompson encourages the girl that lessons can be learned from what's going on in the news.

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But eventually, like all of us, there's one little girl named Jenny who just wants everything to be all right in the world. "If you admit you did something wrong, you get in trouble. But, if you deny it, they let you keep your job".

The barb was a nod to those who have pointed out the seeming inequity of consequences for those accused of sexual misconduct.

In the end, Santa's elf Kate McKinnon offers an uplifting message to brighten the SNL cold open. In his announcement, Franken pointed out that President Donald Trump and GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore still have the support of the Republican party, despite both men facing a number of sexual misconduct allegations.

Billy was followed by one girl wanting the USA embassy in Israel to remain in Tel Aviv and another who requested a Barbie doll - "unless the feminazis are gonna take that away from me, too".

McKinnon's elf immediately tries to comfort the girl. Santa asks. "I never thought I'd say this, but I think our public schools are too good". "And we seem to have lost all perspective on what's naughty or nice".

"Can you take the Al Franken thing?" It will be in "three years, 42 days and 24 minutes" or whenever Trump is out of office.

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