"Saturday Night Live" got into the Christmas spirit for its cold open this week, but the holiday cheer was quickly snuffed out by an unsettling reminder of the many disturbing headlines to come out of the past year.
Continuing its recent focus on the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, the show kicked off with a sketch featuring Kenan Thompson as a mall Santa confronted by a very woke group of kids.
The kids had a lot of questions for Santa in the SNL cold open this week, including whether President Donald Trump is on the naughty list.
It began normally enough with a boy named Tyler, asking for a round of laser tag and some toys, but the mood shifted with his last question: “What did Al Franken do?” Santa tried to thread a line between not misleading and staying appropriate, quipping, “I guess you could say that Al Franken is on Santa’s naughty list this year.”
"What about Roy Moore? What list is he on?" Tyler asked by way of follow-up.
Amy the elf did have an answer here: "It's not really a list. It's more of a registry."
The next kid, Jessica, wanted to know if Trump was also on Santa's naughty list.
Again, he tried to sidestep the question: "Santa tries to stay out of political matters. Our president may have said and done a few naughty things ... "
Amy cut in: "19 accusers. Google it."
"Can we not?" Santa fired back, before trying to turn the awkward topic into a teachable moment.
The lesson learned by one of the children? “If you admit you did something wrong, you get in trouble. But if you deny it, they let you keep your job.”
The skit addressed a number of other sexual misconduct allegations that have come to light in recent weeks, including past allegations against Trump and those against Franken. Franken, who resigned from the Senate this week over allegations, was a writer for SNL in the '70s and '80s.
Finally, a little girl named Jenny said all she wanted for Christmas was for everything to be OK. It will be in “three years, 42 days and 24 minutes” or whenever Trump is out of office.
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