Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant starred in a refreshingly anti-factory farming Saturday Night Live sketch. The bit occurred on the show’s Weekend Update, after host Colin Jost commented on a story about Pigcasso, a pig who was rescued from a slaughterhouse and is now a painter. Bryant and McKinnon play two slaughterhouse owners who, due to the surge in ethical eating, insist their company will exclusively sell meat from animals who are “individually stupid and bad.”
The duo arrive with a ginormous platter of stinky meat, and explain why each and every animal they killed deserved it, including “lambs that would not stop body shaming the goats.” They also included surprising revelations from the world of animal cognition. While 99 out of 100 Chickens can recognize themselves in a mirror, the women promised they found the only one who couldn’t and slaughtered him. The whole affair is made even more hilarious as women continue to creep out Jost with their repulsive meat platter.
Avian cognition is not an easy topic to thread into a comedy bit, but the writing team pulled it off in style. Comedy which challenges our preconceived notions is always enlightening, and the folks at SNL have proven to be not only entertainers, but informed, forward-thinking artists to boot.
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