Voting is Fetch, Pandemic-Era Oscars, & SNL’s Presidential Debate and Tribute to RBG
Voting is Fetch: The Mean Girls Reunion
By Natasha Gilman
On October 3, one month until the presidential election, the cast of Mean Girls met virtually for a Mean Girls Day reunion. The cast invited Katie Couric to the call in which they celebrated the show and also came together to encourage their fans to vote. The whole cast gave insight and reflections on the show and the effects it had on their life.
Rachel McAdams, who played the popular Regina George in the movie, recalled silly interactions with fans who still say to her “is butter a car” or “Whatever, i’m getting cheese fries”. Lindsay Lohan, casted as the main character -Cady Heron-, says she initially wished to play the role of Regina after portraying an outcast in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen but soon came to relate to her role as Cady. In the reunion, Daniel Franzese touches on how a fan letter he received after portraying Damian in the movie helped him come out. Also, Rajiv Surendra talks about the importance of portraying a smart and influential Indian character who was not a stereotype. Tina Fey, the writer of the movie later spilled information on the movie adaptation of the Mean Girls Musical, while touching on relationship details between Cady Heron and Aaron Samuels.
The cast ended the reunion by spreading the word for everyone to vote. The reunion was initiated by Katie Couric and Tina Fey starting a challenge on instagram in which they committed to bringing the cast together for a virtual reunion they could get 5,000 people to “register to vote, verify their registration, sign up to work the polls, or request a mail-in ballot”. Finally, from Gretchen herself, you should go vote, because ‘that would be so fetch”.
What the Pandemic-Era Oscars Can Learn From the Pandemic-Era Emmys
By Chloe Robinson
COVID-19, no matter the results of the presidential election, will continue to plague our country and will force the world’s favorite awards shows and large events to happen in a virtual manner.
The Oscars Ceremony is no exception. Though not until April, the award show will most likely be held virtually given the longevity that the pandemic seems to have.
The Emmys serve as a fantastic example for what virtual awards ceremonies look like, and the Oscars can certainly look to the format of the Emmys for guidance.
The Emmys ceremony combined Jimmy Kimmel’s exuberant performance to an empty auditorium with remote clips of nominees and winners. Given the short time frame that the Academy had to prepare for this event, as they decided to make the show virtual in early summer, the performance was as sleek and successful as it could’ve been.
Because the Emmys tends to award more well-known celebrities, doling out 12 acting prizes in the recent ceremony, the show is especially attention grabbing to the viewers at home. Meanwhile the Oscars recognizes the people behind the scenes, who the public is not as familiar with. The Oscars will have some attention gaps to fill this coming Spring.
The Oscars look for innovative ways to present their show in order to maintain the show’s anual high caliber of entertainment.
Though one can only hope that the status of the world and the pandemic improve in the coming months, there are no definitive answers right now, so it is better to plan within the circumstances.
This year’s Emmys were criticized for a “lack of interest”, which the Oscars will take into account, and hopefully make up for. The Oscars, an overall more prestigious and larger ceremony, will likely earn the deserving attention of the public whether through the screen or in person.
A Memorable SNL Debate
By Kate Kissell
Fans were shocked and extremely amused by the flawless impressions performed by Jim Carey and Maya Rudolph on October 3rd, during Saturday Night Live. Twitter went crazy after seeing Jim Carey’s Joe Biden impersonation, but the real show stopper was Maya Rudolph’s hilarious Kamala Harris enactment.
Both Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump and Jim Carey’s Joe Bieden argued with each other in a very intense debate during SNL’s season premiere cold open. The fake debate itself was not too far off from the original, heated first presidential debate. However, SNL chose to add an extra playful component: the Democratic vice presidential nominee.
One of the most memorable moments of the skit, which immediately trended on twitter, was Rudolph’s reference to Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s summer hit, “WAP”. While impersonating Harris, Rudolph stated, “I think if there’s one thing we learned tonight it’s that America needs a WAP: woman as president.” Considering that Megan Thee Stallion was actually the musical guest on SNL that night, Rudolphs incorporation of the song was especially genius.
Megan Thee Stallion also made a memorable impact on the night, using her performance of “Savage” to make a poignant statement about Black Lives Matter, supporting black women.
She said, “We need to protect our Black women and love our Black women, because at the end of the day, we need our Black women,” she said in the middle of the song, following a poignant recording of activist Tamika Mallory exposing Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron for his lack of action following the murder of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police. Megan Thee Stallion said, “We need to protect our Black men and stand up for our Black men, because at the end of the day, we’re tired of seeing hashtags about Black men.”
Saturday Night Live: Kate McKinnon’s Silent Tribute to RBG Is Making People Emotional
By Alexa Bournazos
After playing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for years on Saturday Night Live, comedian Kate Mcinnon payed a final tribute to Ginsburg. Ruth Bader Ginsburg made so many important changes during her time in office and was a crucial part of the women’s rights movement. She passed away on September 18. Many women have expressed their eternal gratitude for Ginsburg, making McKinnon’s silent tribute quite an emotional one.