The cold open of Saturday Night Live satirized the differing perceptions of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd, including the assumption among whites that justice actually will be served.
The skit featured the news program Eye on Minnesota and their four person anchor team — with Kenan Thompson and Ego Nwodim on the left, facing Kate McKinnon and Alex Moffat on the right — as they discuss what has transpired so far in the case.
“I thought the prosecution did an excellent job questioning the medical examiner,” McKinnon said at the outset.
“The video footage alone should tell you everything you need to know about what happened…And hopefully, justice will be served,” Moffat said.
“That sounds like we all agree. There is no way Derek Chauvin walks away from all of this,” McKinnon said.
Then the camera shifts to Thompson and Nwodim , who said, “Well…“
“Wait a second. You guys aren’t buying Chauvin’s defense, are you?” Moffat asks.
“Of course not,” Thompson said.
“I mean, the defense trying to make a case that George Floyd’s drug use is somehow responsible is just deplorable,” Nwodim said.
“It was a clear act of desperation to create doubt where there is none,” Thompson said.
“Exactly. And there’s no way the jury is going to fall for that!” McKinnon said.
Then Thompson and Nwodim chimed in, again expressing doubts. “We don’t know about that.”
The skit went on to highlight the white anchors faith in the system against the skepticism of their Black counterparts.
“Let’s just say, ‘We’ve seen this movie before,” Nwodim said.
“Boom!” Thompson said.
More to come.
Let’s just say….we’ve seen this movie before. pic.twitter.com/MWuCC2W1Qy
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) April 11, 2021