‘SNL’s Cecily Strong Asks Media Not to Talk About Hillary Clinton’s Appearance

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Cecily Strong of “Saturday Night Live,” this year’s featured entertainment at the White House Correspondents Assn. dinner, actually had a semi-serious moment that reflected her role as one of the few women to have the gig.

She asked the media in the room to “solemnly swear not to talk about Hillary’s appearance because that is not journalism.” Then Strong quipped that they should also say, “Cecily looks great tonight.”

Strong, 31, was less biting than last year’s entertainer, Joel McHale. In interviews before the dinner, she said that she wanted to deliver a few zingers but by and large play to her sillier instincts.

Her sharpest quip was perhaps one aimed at the troubles with the Secret Service and the protests over police treatment of black suspects.

“The Secret Service — the only law enforcement agency that would get in trouble if a black man gets shot,” she said, to some audience ooohs.

Another was directed at Obama’s graying hair: “Your hair is so white now, you can talk back to the police.”

Ironically, Baltimore TV stations were broadcasting live on Saturday night with coverage of protests in downtown over the recent death of an African American man, Freddie Gray, in police custody.

Strong is one of the few women to have been the featured entertainer at the dinner, the last being Wanda Sykes in 2009.

Like Obama, she skewered the media, with jokes about the dire state of print journalism and the sensationalism of cable news.

“Fox News has been losing a lot of viewers recently, and may they rest in peace,” she said.

She also alluded to controversy at her own network. “And what can I say about Brian Williams. Nothing, because I work for NBC.”

She also made several jokes about the venue.

“It is great to be here at the Washington Hilton,” she said. “It’s something a congressman might say to a prostitute.”

Strong also skewered former Rep. Aaron Schock’s legal troubles and the Republican presidential field, and she made light of her preference for Hillary Clinton in 2016. She did, however, make a jab at one of Clinton’s early campaign controversies.

“Our relationship with Israel will be great in the next administration. Just as soon as Israel makes a generous donation to the Clinton Foundation.”

She began her routine by noting how she has the tough assignment of coming on after the president, again with a reference to Clinton. “It feels right to have a woman following President Obama, doesn’t it?”


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  1. Reblogged this on In Other News and commented:
    ICYMI: Still laughing. The points Cecily Strong makes about journalism are funny… because they’re true.

  2. EmmittFitzHume says:

    The WHCD hosts always straddle the line between funny and offensive. I just finished reading more about this topic on funnyoroffensive.com . I was pleasantly surprised to see a platform where people can have that specific discussion. Personally, I found Ms. Strong’s comments throughout the evening to be fair, and all in good fun.

  3. DuaneR says:

    That was awesome!

  4. Peewee says:

    Yet snarked about the “blondes” at Fox News…….

  5. robo145 says:

    Another example of the media being in bed with the left….

  6. Atomic Fury says:

    Pathetic. But that’s what you get when a bunch lefties gather under one roof. Hours of hardly-entertaining and ear-splitting stupidity delivered by banal automatons.

  7. She is such a beautiful woman

  8. This was nothing more than a gathering of smug, self-absorbed elitists. The vast majority of the so-called “jokes” fell flat. A pathetic performance by all.

  9. Candice says:

    I agree 100%! No-one should mention anything about her physicality. But she’s fair game when it comes to all the terrible issues she’s had.

    1.What difference does it make, that she doesn’t report receiving $145 MILLION, on her Taxes?
    2.What difference does it make, that she made-up a story about a video causing deaths in Benghazi?
    3.What difference does it make, that she deleted emails, showing the corruption she’s involved with?
    4.What difference does it make, that she ok’d a Uranium deal with Russians who supply the Iranians?
    5.What difference does it make, that she doesn’t pay her fem’s equal to that of her male counterparts?
    6.What difference does it make, that she got $50 million from the Haitian earthquake victims deals?
    7.What difference does it make, that she lied about being broke, with while having 2 homes worth 15m?
    8.What difference does it make, that she took pay-offs from muslim countries that kill Gays & Women?

    There’s more I’m just tired of tying her lack of responsibilities.

    • Emmet says:

      Great post Candice. But remember, this is the liberal group whose leader Ellen tweets nothing about blacks being assassinated and beaten by police, or NOTHING else important unless a homosexual is “wronged” in the slightest way. The “sense” of Hollywood is “no sense” at all. People are blacklisted for gay or Jew jokes, yes, JOKES, while real atrocities are seemingly unimportant. “No sense” at all. Tim Cook of Apple gets on Indiana, while peddling his wares to countries that KILL homosexuals. What a bunch of cowards. Clinton is a STRAIGHT-UP CROOK and traitor to America, but Hollywood will roll out the red carpet because she’s a democrat. Glad I left that ridiculous party in 2012. Unbelievable bigots in the democratic party, with Ben the bigot Affleck and Lena the Liar Dunham leading the way.

  10. Candice says:

    OMG, I can’t believe I watched the entire boring snorefest. We we WAITING for something funny to be said. NOTHING was funny! It was a disaster, because of all the bad reality going on, in our country.

    And that girl that claimed to be a comedienne, was the worst. Her delivery was was offense while attempting to be humorous. Very Sad.

  11. Quin says:

    Those jokes were quite lame.

  12. Micha Gunn says:

    Yea for today’s edgy Komic Kommisars. Speaking POWER TO TRUTH!

    Let’s not joke about the mega rich, entitled white woman past retiring age — stick to Christie fat jokes.

    • Luke says:

      The same Hillary Clinton who vowed to destroy the “1 percent” while gleefully spreading open her backdoor to anyone with cash. Great pick for president.

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