“Now House of Cards is ruined, and that really sucks. Well here’s a list of stuff that’s ruined for us,” SNL guest host Saoirse Ronan sing-songs before launching into a list of things women have always had to fear: walking alone late at night, drinking, hotels, bathrobes.
SNL’s non-girl-group girl group (“This isn’t a girl group, we just travel in a pack for safety”) created a dark/funny/true pop anthem called Welcome to Hell, inducting men into this worrisome and dangerous world women have always occupied.
As lots of men have expressed shock at the “open secrets” of men like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey becoming public, it’s been a “well, duh” experience for women. The threat of being sexually assaulted or harassed is part of our everyday lives.
The video is a humorous and very on-point summary of all the news that’s unfolded these past couple of months, and its humor doesn’t belie the fact that it’s spelling out the truth for men. Leslie Jones also camoed in the video to remind everyone that it’s much worse for women of color. The Salem witch trials, the suffragette movement, and Rosie the Riveter all stop by to express shock that sexual harassment is still so commonplace.
“I guess it begs the question, ‘Woah, why didn’t you say something, baby girl?” Kate McKinnon sings, while guest host Saoirse Ronan chimes in, “Well dang, double daddy, we definitely did. For hundreds of years.”