On this week's Saturday Night Live, Cecily Strong stopped by the "Weekend Update" desk as "Tammy the Trucker" with a very important message.
Showing up to comment on the upcoming midterm elections, Tammy/Cecily rolled in to talk about gas prices and "definitely not abortion."
But as hard as she tries throughout the sketch to only talk about gas prices, she can't help but bring it up.
Over the summer, the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, which had legalized abortion nationwide. In the time since, access to safe abortions has become almost impossible in some states, and in the worst cases, the medical procedure has been criminalized. And in many states this midterm election, abortion rights are literally right on the ballot.
"Tammy" drops some pretty big truth bombs as she keeps going.
The segment feels a lot like one of her performances last year, where she showed up to the "Update" desk as Goober the Clown to offer her take on a woman's right to choose and opened up about having an abortion at 23 years old.
Many people were quick to praise Strong for her candor and for using her platform to talk about such a real and present issue.
Towards the end of the bit, she admits to sometimes feeling powerless, and not always knowing how to best use her platform to make others feel better. But there is one thing she is certain will help:
There is so much at stake this election, and it's crucial that everyone gets out there and makes sure their voice is heard.
So, thank you to Cecily for using your "big giant radio" to bring attention to such important issues, and urging everyone to do their part.
You can watch the full segment here.
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