Female ‘SNL’ Cast Members Remind Us In New Video That Sexual Harassment Is An Old Problem

“Women get harassed all the time … This been the damn world!”

The women of Saturday Night Live know the past couple months have been hell, and they formed a girl group to address the ongoing sexual harassment scandals.

Actually, strike that. They're not a girl group, as they say in this segment from the show's December 2 episode. "We just travel in a pack for safety."


Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong, and Melissa Villaseñor joined Lady Bird actress Saoirse Ronan — this week's SNL host — to remind us this problem has been endemic in our society for centuries. The music video's title is directed toward anyone who has been blissfully unaware: "Welcome to Hell."

"Hey there, boys," the women say in the music video. "We know the last couple months have been freakin' insane. All these big, cool, powerful guys are turning out to be — what's the word? — habitual predators."

"Cat's out of the bag," they add. "Women get harassed all the time … This been the damn world!"

These SNL stars also address our culture's tendency to blame the victims: "I guess it buh-begs the question: Whoa, why didn't you say something, baby girl?" they say. "Well, dang, double daddy. We definitely did. For hundreds of years. But I guess no one, like, cared. Because it kept happening again. And again. And again."

The message is an important one: The conversation around sexual harassment and assault may have reached a critical mass this year, but that doesn't mean women have long fought for their stories to be heard. (Villaseñor plays three historical figures — a suffragette, Rosie the Riveter, and Mad Men's Joan Holloway — all of whom are disappointed in society's lack of progress.)

Also, Jones points out, "It's like a million times worse for a woman of color."

And though men might bemoan what they're missing out on — "Now House of Cards is ruined, and that really sucks" — they don't realize how many things have been ruined for women: "Parking and walking and Uber and ponytails / Bathrobes and nighttime and drinking and hotels and vans," the women sing. "Nothing good happens in a van."

There's no denying this video is uproariously funny, but hopefully, there's also no denying it calls out an urgent societal issue. With any luck, this SNL masterpiece will help wake us up from this "full nightmare."

Check out the full video above.


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