A new video sketch for Saturday Night Live, “This Is Not A Feminist Song,” features the female members of the SNL cast alongside host Ariana Grande as they sing about wanting to pen the ultimate feminist anthem, before opting not to in order to avoid criticism. Singing cheerily, they explain that feminism is “pretty nuanced stuff,” so they thought it would be better to just show clips of themselves running along the beach, interspersed with footage of various women of diverse backgrounds staring off into the distance.
But after running clips of feminist icons such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Madeleine Albright, Maya Angelou, and Malala Yousafzai, and not quite making a political statement when Ariana Grande sings, “Women have the right to choose — to bail on this whole song,” the women of SNL make a startling revelation. “We’re just women singing a song — but doesn’t that make it a feminist song? I guess this was feminist all along,” sings the cast in unison. Having realized that they had in fact made a feminist song by accident, the cast accepts responsibility and invites the viewers at home “to weigh in on this song, and tell us if we handled it all wrong.” Watch it above.
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