Puberty Gets in the Way of Gun Protests as John Mulaney Hosts SNL

Gerald wants to do the right thing. His body doesn't care.

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Always eager to put its stamp on political moments, Saturday Night Live finally got around over the weekend to poking fun at the gun control protests that swept the nation after the Parkland massacre. In the sketch, a well-intentioned young man with an untimely boner wants to participate in a walkout without exposing himself, literally and figuratively, to ridicule. He can’t and things get weird from there. The sketch brings home the fact that puberty is an unrelenting monster that invariably attacks at the most inconvenient times.

Right before Gerald, played by comedian John Mulaney, gets ready to stand up for the walkout, a student named Meghan touches him on the shoulder. That’s all it takes. He beseeches her not to make eye contact even as she exhorts him to rise. “Let’s do it just like you said,” she says. “Let’s stand tall and walk out, leading with our pelvis.”

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After this, the sketch explores the politics of the protests as Gerald’s classmates attempt to understand his newfound objections to the student walkouts. One student suggests that Gerald is sitting because he’s concerned about black students not receiving adequate media attention. Another student, a firm believer in gun rights, suggests that Gerald has opted to sit “because he’s not a snowflake.” This is all to say that, like everything else, Gerald’s adolescent tumescence is quickly politicized. 

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