In October of 2017, reports emerged that Hollywood super-producer Harvey Weinstein had sexually assaulted as many as 57 women. In the weeks that followed, the reports became more and more horrifying: Weinstein had engaged in a brutal campaign of crushing the reputations and careers of his potential accusers, had gaslighted them, and used actual spies to stalk them. As the reports about Weinstein steamrolled, more accusers came forward... this time against other notable men from other industries.
James Toback. Matt Lauer. Kevin Spacey. Russell Simmons. The list became longer and longer every day, with stomach-churning revelations the routine par for the course for each accusation: Matt Lauer had installed a button he used to close colleagues in. Russell Simmons raped 17-year-olds while Brett Ratner watched. James Toback had assaulted around 300 women.
The influx of horrific stories brought the #MeToo movement to the forefront, and had many guys wondering – "How did I not know about this?"
Turns out, they did.
Take, for instance, actress Lena Dunham, who tweeted the usual platitudes about believing women.
Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don't lie about: rape.— Lena Dunham (@Lena Dunham)1501877719.0
Turns out actually believing women is, like, super hard.
Believing women is particularly difficult when said woman is of color, or identifiably LGBTQ, as in the case of Jeffrey Tambor's accusers.
I, too, have rolled my eyes to move on & survive, believing no one would believe me. I hear you, believe you & appl… https://t.co/7QuXM97LyE— Janet Mock (@Janet Mock)1510928417.0
I have never been a predator — ever. I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone. But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express.Then another accuser came forward – this time actress Trace Lysette, a series regular on Transparent. Both Barnes and Lysette are trans women.
All of these factors may be the reason SNL waded into the contentious debate with a stinging new music video – "Welcome To Hell."
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."
But then Strong returns with the knowledge all women have known and men have denied for so long.
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... Parking… https://t.co/Fa6DJrtBeE— Khary Penebaker (@Khary Penebaker)1512283228.0
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.
The ladies of #SNL and the anti-sexual harassment anthem we've all been waiting for. Hilarious and painfully true a… https://t.co/lQrTQJshTV— Toula Drimonis (@Toula Drimonis)1512313715.0