Saturday Night Live is no stranger to politics (to state the extremely obvious). This is a show that can have Donald Trump rage-tweeting within hours. But in this weekend’s episode hosted by Don Cheadle, the strongest political moments came outside of the sketches themselves, thanks to Cheadle’s own wardrobe choices.
When introducing musical guest Gary Clark, Jr., Cheadle wore a shirt that read “PROTECT TRANS KIDS.”
— Q. Allan Brocka (@allanbrocka) February 17, 2019
That message—of wanting to protect children—is one that that shouldn’t have to be seen as “political” but the reality is that trans children and organizations that offer them support are under attack and have been for far too long. Cheadle’s silent message of support was a powerful one.
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) February 17, 2019
Transphobic TERF culture needs to end.
— ＭＵＮＲＯＥ 👑 (@MunroeBergdorf) February 17, 2019
PROTECT TRANS KIDS
When heroes like @DonCheadle use their platform to acknowledge the humanity of (and the unfair discrimination against) trans kids,
lives are saved
It’s that simple💛🌈 https://t.co/NZr703bnOe
— jeffrey marsh (@thejeffreymarsh) February 17, 2019
shit like this is why he survived Infinity War pic.twitter.com/kvBDXQ6NXC
— tweeter valentine (@MamoudouNDiaye) February 17, 2019
In addition to that incredible shirt, Cheadle was also wearing a hat with the logo of Sleeping Giants, an activist organization that fights to get advertisers to drop bigoted programs or entire outlets like Breitbart.
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) February 17, 2019
Then during the show’s sign-off, Cheadle was wearing a Soviet hockey jersey. When he turned around, you could see it was emblazoned with Trump’s (or rather, TЯUMP’s) name and the number 45.
Don Cheadle wore a Soviet Union hockey jersey with “Trump” and “45” on the back at the end of SNL after hosting. Shade level: Masterful pic.twitter.com/hrDjPRulXy
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 17, 2019
Subtlety is overrated. Don Cheadle is perfection.
♥️✌🏿✊🏿 to each and every one of you beautiful tweeps. i awoke to so much support and love!! thank you @nbcsnl for the opportunity to play and pay respect and throw shade in an historic space in an historic time. keep fighting, y’all. evil grows in the dark. 😘
— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) February 17, 2019
(image: Will Heath/NBC)
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