Cecily Strong hit the nail on the head at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this weekend
Over the weekend, SNL castmember Cecily Strong was the featured comedian to appear at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. Strong took the stage after President Obama, a pretty tough act to follow, but she didn’t shy away from using her moment in the spotlight to get some laughs and land a few pointed jokes. One of her strongest, and most shared since Saturday, had to do with women’s rights.
“I’m not going to tell you how to do politics, or whatever,” Strong said as she opened her remarks. “That’d be like you guys telling me what to do with my body. Can you imagine?”
The sad part about this, is that yes — we can. Reproductive rights have been on the legislative agenda recently, at both the federal and state level. Restrictions on access to abortion have passed in states around the country, with 231 bills enacted in the past four years. At the same time, GOP opposition to contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act has reignited a national debate about women’s rights to access family planning.
Politicians weren’t the only ones in Strong’s sights, though. She also took the opportunity to remind journalists where their focus should be as Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign gets underway.
“Alright guys, this next part is a repeat after me, so I need your help here,” she started as she raised her hand. “I want all the media to put their hands up and swear something this election season, okay? ‘I solemnly swear…not to talk about Hillary’s appearance … because that is not journalism.’”
Although Strong’s comments were a laugh line, they also ring true with women who are concerned that legislation is reaching too far and restricting women’s access to necessary health care. Screencaps and videos of Strong’s jokes have been shared widely on social media, underlining the popularity of her barbs. As women continue to fight for their rights, it’s nice to see someone using a little humor to stick it to those in power.
You can watch Strong’s speech in full below.