You know how, like, a quarter of the Super Bowl commercials tend to involve a wife taking care of her hungry husband and his buddies while they watch football? Yeah, that’s dumb, and Saturday Night Live thinks so too.
On Saturday, an SNL sketch parodied typical sexist ads with a faux Totino’s Pizza Rolls commercial. In it, the hilarious Vanessa Bayer plays a submissive housewife who is super excited about making pizza rolls for her husband and his friends as they sit around drinking beer, yelling at the TV and high-fiving each other (“anything for my hungry guys!”).
Football, right? But football games are long, so naturally, she gets pretty bored just hanging out in the kitchen by herself. Thankfully, her thoughtful husband supplies her with a Totino’s activity pack for women full of the kind of kid’s toys you can buy for 25 cents in those little machines at the supermarket. You know, those stretchy, sticky hands you can latch onto things, or tiny games of paddle ball. Because for us women, we need a way to keep our minds occupied while our hungry guys watch football. Amirite?
SNL really nailed this one, because as it turns out, women DO like football . . . and obvi have independent thoughts. Also, make your own delicious pizza rolls! Ugh.
The timing of the sketch was actually perfect, because this year’s Super Bowl commercials were kinda sorta less sexist than year’s past (i.e. Mindy Kaling’s hilarious “invisible” ad and the fantastic “run like a girl” ad from Always). Don’t get too excited though — there were still plenty of sexist commercials to go around. But overall, the ads were noticeably more inclusive. And that’s a good sign that things are heading in the right direction for womankind. Also, thanks SNL for this real gem.