Saturday Night Live might be a parody comedy show, but on this week’s episode, the writers room took on what could have been a pretty heavy topic: the subject of consent. (Not to mention they’ve had a couple of misfires with jokes in the past few weeks.) But the writers room came through and delivered a pretty spot-on sketch that showcases a little lesson that’s both very real and very funny.
In a digital short, cast members Chris Redd and Kenan Thompson take on the role of fictional rap duo The Booty Kings, who put consent first—alongside Davidson, who plays a not-so-bright fellow rapper named, uh, Uncle Butt. With the Booty Kings wearing #MeToo pins, they all hit up a club, where they rap about how women have a choice in each of their interactions with the guys and placing coasters over abandoned drinks. The show’s featured performers, Lil Wayne and Future, also drop in:
“I’m on a mission for that ass / but first I need permission,” the actors rap, with their “oversexed appeals to women” coming “with awkward shows of respect for the objects of their desire,” as NPR notes.
Yes, those are giant #TimesUp pendants they’re wearing, and, yes, those dollar bills are landing in a cup marked “Women’s Rights Fund.”
Thompson adds on the track, “Love to touch that booty / but respect that it’s your choice” because they are “allies in this bitch.”
Although the video is certainly funny, the issue of equality in rap is nothing to laugh about. As NPR noted, the SNL short aired in the midst of some high-profile allegations around consent in the rap community. The late XXXTentacion, for example, was facing felony domestic assault charges before he was killed for allegedly beating his pregnant girlfriend, and Tekashi 6ix9ine was sentenced to four years of probation stemming from a 2015 sexual-misconduct-with-a-minor charge. (Both men are still thriving on the Billboard charts, with Tekashi 6ix9ine hitting No. 1 on the Hot Latin Song Charts in September.)
Watch the short here: