This weekend Saturday Night Live had Lena Dunham as its host. Because of that or perhaps because it was International Women’s Day, the writers of Saturday Night Live decided to have a sketch attacking MRAs (mens rights advocates). The sketch is called “Jewelry Party” and can be watched either on NBC’s website or on Hulu.
What happens in the sketch is that a hispanic woman originally from South America ends up bringing her boyfriend to a jewelry party that was really only intended for women. She gets her boyfriend to talk about how he’s a MRA, and the boyfriend ends up being a feminist caricature of a MRA. He only protests when the weather is nice, is obsessed with shutting down Planed Parenthood, was a MRA because a girl dumped him at 18, was a virgin before he met his girlfriend, is a bad in bed, etc. Eventually, the boyfriend escapes leaving his car for his now ex-girlfriend. The sketch didn’t even attempt to have a punch line.
People who don’t have any sympathy for the MRM didn’t find the sketch funny at all. Complex Pop Culture called it the “worst sketch of the night”. TV Line said that its “one paragraph description can’t convey the awfulness of the full sketch”. Boston.com said about the sketch:
To no one’s surprise, a “jewelry party/men’s activist” skit morphed into an infomercial for Dunham’s various political causes and beliefs. It came complete with a painful-to-watch Hispanic Cecily Strong.
It’s guaranteed that most of the viewers wouldn’t get what the sketch is talking about. Most people don’t read feminist bloggers so they don’t have the context of why the tropes are being used against the MRA. To them it looks like an extremely forced sketch that was designed to cater to Lena Dunham’s biases. This would cause one of two reactions in the audience. A viewer would either find the whole thing absurd and forget about it entirely or would wonder what a MRA is and why someone would create such a bizarre and inconsistent caricature. Viewers in the latter group will end up researching mens rights on the internet and find something completely different. They will end up with an education about some real issues such as the false rape industry, corrupt unconstitutional family courts that impoverish men and deny fathers access to their children, paternity fraud, how nearly all deaths in the workplace are men, etc. This will lead many of them to become MRAs themselves in spite of the sketch.
What Saturday Night Live did this weekend is a case of no publicity is bad publicity. SNL gave a boost to the MRM even though that wasn’t the intention of its writers.