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Cecily Strong Clowns Texas Republicans’ Anti-Abortion Push On Saturday Night Live

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Pro-choice activists are energised as conservative forces work feverishly to undermine the right to safe, legal abortion, including putting actual bounties on the heads of Texans who disagree with the GOP’s throwback view of women as property. And, while both sides of the abortion debate are firmly entrenched by this point, a vocally pro-choice comedian like Saturday Night Live’s Cecily Strong can only do what she does best, as the ten-season veteran premiered a particularly potent new character in Goober The Clown Who Had An Abortion When She Was 23 on last night’s episode.
Strong appeared on Weekend Update decked out in full clown regalia (spinning bow tie, squirting flower, malfunctioning bike horn, and all), to uneasy audience applause greeting her creation.

That grew as Strong, alternating Goober’s clown act with what sounded like a personal storey of an abortion “the day before my 23rd birthday,” chastised Texas’ Republican-controlled legislature for passing the nation’s most restrictive anti-abortion legislation. But in a wacky way, because she’s a clown! “It’s a tough subject, so we’re going to do fun clown stuff to make it more palatable!” exclaimed Goober, before rushing over to offer Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost a nice, distracting ballon animal.

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Strong appeared on Weekend Update decked out in full clown regalia (spinning bow tie, squirting flower, malfunctioning bike horn, and all), to uneasy audience applause greeting her creation. That only grew as Strong alternated between Goober’s clown act and what sounded like a personal storey about an abortion. “the day before my 23rd birthday,” he chastised Texas’ Republican-controlled legislature for passing the nation’s most stringent anti-abortion legislation. But in a wacky way, because she’s a clown! “It’s a tough subject, so we’re going to do fun clown stuff to make it more palatable!” exclaimed Goober, before rushing over to offer Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost a nice, distracting ballon animal.

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