Ryan Gosling hosted a great SNL & Michael Che called Trump a ‘cheap cracker’

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Saturday Night Live has returned, and their season premiere was pretty woke, angry and great. Ryan Gosling was the host and Jay-Z was the musical guest. SNL has gone full-on political and I’m fine with it. The Deplorables are butthurt on Twitter. They’re really trying to make “ban SNL” happen, along with the NFL ban, the CNN ban and whatever else. Like, we’re going to need a bigger boat to keep track of all of the sh-t the Deplorables have to ban because someone involved has questioned Donald Trump’s unhinged leadership. Anyway, some clips.

Here’s the cold-open, with Trump as the Chaos President. They’ve improved Alec Baldwin’s wig! And they’re giving Sarah Huckabee Sanders way too much credit.

Here’s Gosling’s opening monologue. He talks about “saving jazz” with La La Land. There’s a special cameo by Emma Stone.

This is “Papyrus” – a completely random and hilarious short film about a man obsessed with the font used for Avatar. This is nerdy as hell, but it works because of the production value and Gosling’s performance.

Here’s a fake ad for Levi Wokes, which actually sounds like a real thing.

The Fliplets skit… was amazing. As a longtime watcher of HGTV, I would be all for this show.

Here’s Weekend Update, including Michael Che going HAM on Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Angela Merkel. At one point, Che calls Trump a “cheap cracker” and now the Deplorables are claiming “cracker” is JUST THE SAME as saying the n-word. No. It is not.

Jay-Z also performed wearing Colin Kaepernick’s jersey. Damian Marley was there and note the Puerto Rican flag too.

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Photos courtesy of SNL, WENN.

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  1. Nicole says:

    He’s good but he legit breaks character a million times. Jay Z was phenomenal and he wore a Kaep jersey during the performance. Icon.

  2. Jenna says:

    Wish I could watch SNL video clips in Canada :( Lorne Micheals please make them available to your friendly neighbors to the North.

    • Ginna says:

      Most of them are available on Global’s SNL site FYI. Not everything though, but usually the popular ones.

    • jwoolman says:

      Can you find them on YouTube from Canada? That’s where I usually watch the clips but I’m in the US.

    • imqrious2 says:

      Jenna, get a VPN (free or paid), and chose US from the selection of countries. Then go to the NBC site to watch 😊

    • raincoaster says:


      Also, don’t use a free VPN. Bad things happen. I wish you could use Tor.

    • Bread and Circuses says:

      Go to the YouTube site.

      Click into the web address bar of your browser and change “youtube.com” to “youpak.com” in the web address bar.

      You should be able to watch all the videos that way.

  3. Char says:

    I live in the south & “but they call us cracker!” is used as an excuse for white people to use the n word all the f*ing time. It pisses me off. First off, I was always taught “Two wrongs don’t make a right” but also, the word cracker has no power over me, it means absolutely nothing to me, & even if I did get called cracker to my face, it would not affect me at all. Calling me a different c word would bother me way more. Plus, I’ve lived in the south all my life and have never heard any POC call anyone a cracker, except on tv.

    • poorlittlerichgirl says:

      I agree, Char. It’s such a bs excuse. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

      I’ve lived in the south my entire life and have never been called a “cracker” by a POC ever. Not once. The only people that have called me that were white. That has never made any sense to me. That word has no power of me either. I don’t care if anyone calls me that at all. It says more about the person who uses that word than it does about me being called one.

    • Jerusha says:

      As someone on Twitter said, please give us some examples of crackers being abducted, enslaved and lynched, then get back to us.

      • poorlittlerichgirl says:

        @Jerusha, exactly! White people have not suffered b/c of their skin color. We have no right to tell POC how to feel or act regarding what they alone have suffered and been through.

    • Cee says:

      Yeah, because being called a cracker has a historic and social connection to slavery, opression and injustice.
      I was called casper and milky all through primary school, I still get snide remarks due to my super white skin, but honestly, have I even been discriminated against or targetted because of my skin colour? NO. So all of these ignorant Trump supporters need to shut up and go learn something about privilege.

    • jwoolman says:

      I don’t live in the south, but as a very pale person I can also testify that the name “cracker”, while not generally a compliment, really doesn’t have anywhere near the force of the “n” word. Not even close. In the SNL context, it actually was funny. I don’t know why, but the deadpan delivery of Che and Jost cracks me up (crackers me up?). It just works somehow.

  4. Lotusgoat says:

    Watching the cold open is depressing because it’s probably accurate

  5. cleveland girl says:

    I have to respectfully disagree here. I watched SNL on Sunday morning. I found it boring, lifeless, and not entertaining at all. Ryan seemed bored and the jokes seemed stale.
    Sorry…I am a fan of this show, but I thought they could have done way better…considering to political and social climate right now.

    • HadToChangeMyName says:

      I watched it and found it lifeless as well, but more so because Alec Baldwin was literally using Trump’s words (“an island, surrounded by water”) and that’s depressing as hell (that we have a moron for a president). I can’t laugh anymore.

    • Pandy says:

      Agree. I thought it was just okay.

  6. Miss M says:

    Did Ryan lose “his Brooklyn” accent?! 😂

  7. Shannon says:

    Cracker, the same as the n-word?! Wha … I call myself a cracker all the time. I’ve actually never been called a cracker by a black person, nor has anyone I know. I thought it was hilarious, and just what I needed. My friend and I about died laughing. Those freaking snowflakes.

  8. Anna says:

    I really, really do not like ‘cracker’ but no, it’s not the same.

    • Umyeah says:

      Agreed not the same however it still is a slur

      • Moxie Remon says:

        A slur white racists gave themselves for cracking the whip on the back of slaves for literally being sadistic and proud? Girl, please, slurs are only meant to be harmful to people of color, calling you a cracker doesn’t have the same power as a white person saying the n word and you know it.

      • Umyeah says:

        Read my comment, i said it was not the same. Slurs are meant to insult people of a specific group and can be used against white people, for example white trash or mick etc

      • Another Anne says:

        No, cracker is not a slur. It may be an insult in certain usages. but an insult is not the same as a slur. And if a white person tried to claim that being called a cracker feels the same as a black person being called the n word, they would be a snowflake of the highest magnitude.

  9. MissAmanda says:

    I’m not seeing the PR flag…I see a guy waving the Ethiopian flag though…

  10. Otaku fairy says:

    He’s not wrong.
    I’m sure we’ll see many tantrums from the dotard’s cock holsters here today though. Along with the usual sympathizers crying about “divisiveness”.

  11. Anna says:

    The weekend update and two other bits were good, that was it. The 2nd half dragggged

  12. Aang says:

    Cracker was a word coined by rich whites to label lower class, poor, uneducated whites. Not the same. If anything it’s a class insult not a racial one.

    • Snowflake says:

      My husband says it’s originated from the crack of the whip by the slavemasters.

    • CityGirl says:

      Is that the origin or is it
      “A slur white racists gave themselves for cracking the whip on the back of slaves for literally being sadistic and proud” as Moxie Remon says above?

      Doesn’t matter either way because the word is meaningless to me, but the n word conjures so much hate I can’t even begin….I will stick with the twitter user who says: “please give us some examples of crackers being abducted, enslaved and lynched, then get back to us.”

  13. Keira says:

    A 1783 pejorative use of “crackers” specifies men who “are descended from convicts that were transported from Great Britain to Virginia at different times, and inherit so much profligacy from their ancestors, that they are the most abandoned set of men on earth.”[3] Benjamin Franklin, in his memoirs (1790), referred to “a race of runnagates and crackers, equally wild and savage as the Indians” who inhabit the “desert[ed] woods and mountains.”[4]

    “Cracker” has also been used as a proud or jocular self-description. With the huge influx of new residents from the North, “cracker” is used informally by some white residents of Florida and Georgia (“Florida cracker” or “Georgia cracker”) to indicate that their family has lived there for many generations

  14. LizLemonGotMarried says:

    I was curious enough to go look up the etymology of cracker. See the link below for your downtime reading:

    I have NO problem with Che calling DT a cracker-no matter the origin of the word. If the shoe fits, etc. etc…

  15. why? says:

    My favorite parts from the skit, I also agree that SNL goes easy on Sarah.

    Sarah: “Everyone knows that I am no nonsense and all nonsense”

    Sessions: “Please Mr President, don’t tweet on me”.

  16. Gailly says:

    This debate reminds me a of John Mulaney bit. He talks about how he wanted to use the word midget on TV and the network said he couldn’t say midget because he was just as bad as the n-word. Mulaney’s response was that he knew it wasn’t as bad because the guy was saying midget, but not saying the n-word. If you legit can’t say the word, that’s the worse word. Go Che.

  17. Talia says:

    Angela Merkel is one of the most prominent female politicians in the world these days and all SNL did is reduced her to a hopeless stock-up old woman who has crushes on all the good looking politicians? 🙄

  18. Sage says:

    I enjoyed his opening “I saved jazz” bit but the rest of the skits was pretty lame.