'Saturday Night Live' addresses the 2020 vice-presidential debate in a divisive sketch about the fly and Herman Cain
Beck Bennett's Mike Pence and Kenan Thompson's Herman Cain on "SNL". NBC
NBC's "Saturday Night Live" recreated the 2020 Vice Presidential debate between Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris (Maya Rudolph) and Vice President Mike Pence (Beck Bennett).
The show focused on the viral moment when a fly landed on Pence's hair during Wednesday's debate.
The writers chose to blame Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden (Jim Carrey) and late former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain (Kenan Thompson).
"SNL" fans were torn over the show's use of Cain, who died after being hospitalized with COVID-19.
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Fans expected NBC's "Saturday Night Live" to open the 2020 Vice Presidential Debate in its cold, but many did not anticipate the skit's shocking turn.
As expected, the Cold Open recreated the viral moment when a fly landed on Vice President Mike Pence, played by Beck Bennett, during Wednesday night's debate against Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Kamala Harris, played by Maya Rudolph.
However, the writers created their own backstory for the bug, pretending that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who played on the Jim Carrey sketch show, was accidentally turned into a fly and teleported into the debate. He eventually becomes Jeff Goldblum, who starred in the 1986 film "The Fly".
And while Carreys Biden was determined to take matters into his own hands and "save the soul of this nation," he was soon escorted by a fly claiming he was Herman Cain, the late former GOP presidential candidate played by Kenan Thompson.
Cain died in July after being hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Before testing positive, he had attended President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during the pandemic, where he appeared to not be wearing a mask.
Thompson's Cain stated that he was reborn as a fly after "those fools - Trump and Pence - killed me, man".
He continued, "They invited me to a rally and said, 'Everything was fine, Herman.' I'm catching corona, Trump tells me, “Everything is fine, Herman.” The White House doctors check me and say, “Everything is fine, Herman.” I'll be gone three days later, if you see this at home "Don't trust that white devil because of that 'Rona."
The decision of the "SNL" writers to include Cain in the sketch immediately met with mixed reactions.
Some people applauded the scenario, even calling it "enormous" and "funny".
Others disagreed with the mention of Cain on the show, considering it "disrespectful" and "distasteful" to include him since he had passed away in the past few months.
- Greg Viau (@ GregViau) October 11, 2020
And while many people debated whether or not to approve of the cold opening in the episode of "SNL" on Saturday, others focused more on who they would have cast as a fly.
You can see the full sketch below.
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