On January 20, Jessica Chastain hosted for the first time the Saturday Night Live
On her monologue, Jessica sang an energetically anthemic version of “You Don’t Own Me” after the host called out the millions of women around the country taking to the streets on the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March:
This weekend is the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March and everyone knows women never forget an anniversary.
During the show, Chastain played the on-edge host of a Trump-era game show called What Even Matters Anymore? in which she asked contestants about various actions taken by President Donald Trump and every right answer was “It doesn’t even matter anymore.”
In a spoof on Jeopardy!, Chastain played “Veronica Elders,” the host of a game show “where I tell you what the president did or said and you have to tell me, does it even matter anymore?” she told the three contestants, who had to press a button to be the first to answer each question.
Answers to her first few questions (“The president of the United States refers to African country as poo-poo holes and says all Haitians have AIDS. Does it even matter anymore?”; “”The president has an extramarital affair with a porn star right after his wife gives birth to their son and then he pays her to shut up. Does it even matter to, say, his evangelical base?”) all turned out to be “no.”
Then “Veronica” asked a hypothetical question that hasn’t happened: “The president fires Robert Mueller, the very man investigating him for treason. Does it even matter anymore?” When a contestant pointed out that the premise wasn’t true, the host snapped back, “He will!”
“The president builds a wall but hires illegal immigrants to build it and he accidentally puts an unlocked door every 10 feet. Would that matter?” she asked, looking increasingly wild-eyed. One contestant told her he was “sensing a pattern,” and so answered no.
“You’d think Trump supporters would get mad, but then he blurts out, ‘Chuck Schumer did it’ and Trump supporters believe him. They just believe him!” Chastain said.
In the final round, the host asked contestants to imagine scenarios that would matter. When her answers to premises like Trump punching the pope and canceling the Olympics because flags are “gay” still turned out to be no, the contestants broke the fourth wall and asked Jessica if she was all right. The game ended in a hug.
Chastain also appeared on Saturday’s episode as a contestant on a Bachelor-like contest called Car Hunk, where she played a woman who was flustered by the titular hunk’s dates and said that she was the inventor of “eating Tide pods.”
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