‘SNL’ skit parodies Gov. McCrory over HB2

A new 'Saturday Night Live' parody makes fun of Gov. Pat McCrory. (Saturday Night Live Facebook page)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – A popular sketch comedy television show is taking aim at North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and the recently passed House Bill 2 with a new sketch.

The unaired sketch was posted on Saturday Night Live’s Facebook page Tuesday night. The focus of the video is the ‘O.G. GOP’ rapping against Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

“Trump has hijacked our Republican Party. He brags about being ‘anti-establishment,’ but what’s so bad about the establishment?” an actor playing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan says. “We’re actually pretty cool guys and we think you’ll agree. Allow us to re-introduce ourselves.”

The video then goes into a 1985 “Super Bowl Shuffle” style song called “The Establishment Shuffle.”

It features Ryan along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, former Speaker of the House John Boehner, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.

McCrory is played by actor Beck Bennett and Graham is played by female actress Kate McKinnon.

“Now let me make it hot in ‘hurr, I’m North Carolina’s Governor,” the McCrory character raps. “I passed a new law for you and me so trans people can’t watch kids pee.”


The Charlotte City Council voted 7-4 in Feburary to add sexual orientation, gender identity and marital status as attributes protected from discrimination when it comes to public accommodations including restaurants, retail stores and other businesses. Public schools would not have been affected by the ordinance.

The ordinance quickly became controversial with the majority of the focus revolving around the bathroom.

“I think [it] breaks the basic standards, and frankly expectations, of privacy that all individuals – men and women and children alike – would expect in a restroom facility or a locker room facility,” McCrory told WBTV during a sit down interview in late February.

Lead North Carolina Republicans, such as Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, called portions of Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinance “crazy” and said it put children and families at risk.

“The idea that grown men and young girls should use the same bathroom and middle school boys and girls should share locker facilities defies common sense and puts children and families at risk,” Sen. Berger said in March. “This is crazy.”

In a one-day vote, the North Carolina General Assembly repealed the Charlotte ordinance with House Bill 2 during a special session in late March. The ordinance was slated to take effect on April 1.

The new law requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that match their birth certificates. The law also makes clear local measures can’t expand anti-discrimination protections for sexual orientation or gender identity.

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