During the skit, which was presented music video format, brightly dressed women pranced around a world of candy canes and clouds like Katy Perry in the video "California Girls."
Dressed in Pepto Bismal pink, actress Cecily Strong crooned, “Hey there, boys, we know the last couple months have been insane.”
Aidy Bryant quickly added “All of these big, cool, powerful guys are turning out to be, what’s the word, habitual predators… And it’s like, dang, is this the world now?”
But then Strong returns with the knowledge all women have known and men have denied for so long.
“This been the damn world,” Strong said.
Which, of course it had. The skit continuously flashes over to moments in history when women tried to gain rights for themselves and were shut down. The Salem Witch Trials, the Suffragette Movement, the 1960’s… all periods in time when women tried to make the world less crappy for themselves and failed because men.
Ronan then hones in with a parody of the horrified noises men have made in the past few months.
“Now ‘House of Cards’ is ruined, and that really sucks. Well here’s a list of stuff that’s ruined for us,” she begins. The actresses then tick off a list of things that haven’t been historically good for women.
Parking, walking, Uber, ponytails, bathrobes, nighttime, drinking, hotels and vans – all things that women haven't been able to enjoy due to the aforementioned sexual assaults.
“Vans!” the actresses croon. “Nothing good ever happens in a van.”
Indeed not. If there’s one things serial killer movies and commonsense have taught us, it’s that vans – particularly white vans – are not a good place for women… or children… well, pretty much anyone.
If there was one part of the skit that particularly resonated with viewers, it was the scene with actress Kate McKinnon holding keys between her knuckles.
What woman hasn’t at one point walked to her doorway with her keys gripped between her knuckles for safety? It’s practically Woman 101, and yet most men wouldn’t recognize or understand the gesture, even though they’ve been told again, again, and again.
So while “Welcome to Hell” has been hailed as the new anthem for women everywhere, let’s hope it reaches the people who actually need to watch it – men. And let’s hope that when they watch it, they take yet another small step towards understanding what it means to be a woman living in a man’s world – or, by any other word – hell.