Matt Damon’s ‘SNL’ Cold Open As Brett Kavanaugh Nailed The Absurdity Of The Supreme Court Nominee’s Hearing
The Kavanaugh hearings were difficult to watch for many people, but Saturday Night Live enlisted some A-list help to find the humor in the hearing. Matt Damon stopped SNL to play Brett Kavanaugh, becoming the latest in a long ling of movie stars to make cameo appearances on SNL mocking today's major political figures.
It's safe to assume that whenever a major political figure makes a splash in the news cycle, SNL is going to pull an impressive feat of stunt casting and present the definitive comic parody of that person. Joining a lineage of defining performances that includes Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, Alec Baldwin as Trump, and Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer, Matt Damon highlights Brett Kavanaugh's love of beer, calendars, and being a graduate of Yale University.
While Damon as Kavanaugh is undoubtedly the star of the sketch, SNL cast members new and old filled out the people present at the hearing. Cecily Strong brought Diane Feinstein's befuddlement to the sketch, former cast member Rachel Dratch returned to the show to portray Senator Amy Klobuchar, Aidy Bryant played the constantly interrupted prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, and Kate McKinnon as noted single white male from South Carolina Lindsay Graham. The sketch was a much-needed laugh at the expense of those involved in the Kavanaugh hearings, but the sketches smartest move was leaving out a key figure — Christine Blasey Ford.
The sketch began with a few comments about Christine Blasey Ford's testimony, but at no point in the sketch was a joke made at her expense, and better yet at no point did anyone attempt to portray Ford. Even an empathetic portrayal of Ford may have invited viewers to put Ford's experiences into a comedic context, which would have stopped the sketch dead in its tracks. There's not much humor to be found in Christine Blasey Ford's testimony — but the absurdity of Kavanaugh's hearing is clear enough that the sketch managed to take its time exploring his many actions during the course of testimony without finding ways to try and directly tie Christine Blasey Ford into the sketch. Damon's Kavanaugh barely mentions Ford, instead opting to yell about how long went in life without having sex, and explaining that he doesn't know what the word "Stop" means.
The Ford-Kavanaugh hearings marked a nationwide discussion on some difficult subject matter, and served as an stark example of how the people running the United States of America discuss sexual assault, and how much, or little, they care about the pain inflicted by women on men in power. Damon's parody of Kavanaugh may not have an effect on whether or not he's voted to the Supreme Court, but it's not unreasonable to believe that his portrayal could change people's public opinion of Kavanaugh.
According to The Telegraph, Tina Fey's performance as Sarah Palin caused her poll ratings to fall after Fey's first appearance. SNL may affect the future of the Supreme Court, and could define the next few decades if the show plays a role in keeping Kavanaugh from taking a spot on the court. If the show doesn't alter the course of American politics, however, at least it provided a good laugh.