- The Washington Times - Monday, February 13, 2017

A “Saturday Night Live” sketch in which comedian Kate McKinnon portrayed Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway in a “Fatal Attraction” parody is being ripped as sexist.

In the sketch, comedian Beck Bennett plays CNN reporter Jake Tapper, who gets stalked by Ms. McKinnon’s Conway. The fake Mrs. Conway tries to seduce Mr. Bennett’s Tapper before pulling out a knife and threatening to kill him. The fake Mr. Tapper finally gives in, but the fake Mrs. Conway trips and falls out of the window to her apparent death. She then gathers herself and says, “I am fine, but I do only have three lives left. See you on the news!”

The real Mrs. Conway responded to the sketch Sunday on Twitter, writing, “Inquiring minds re: #SNL: @jaketapper & I spoke this morning just before brunch time. No boiling bunnies on the menu.”

Mr. Tapper himself tweeted “Um.”



Critics on social media said the sketch was overly sexual and unfair.

“SNL just gave a gift to the White House with this sexist, unfunny Kellyanne Conway skit,” New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi wrote. “Prediction: the White House will use that sexist skit to dismiss all criticisms of Conway and lying more broadly.”

“That Kellyanne Conway sketch was bad,” tweeted Maclean’s writer Shannon Proudfoot. “Too much, too vicious, too weird in the wrong way without getting at anything important.”

“As much as i loathe kellyanne, this highly sexualized SNL version of her gives me the icks,” tweeted writer Marisa Kabas.

“That Kellyanne Conway sketch was…uncomfortable,” added CBS News’ Erica R. Brown.

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