“Saturday Night Live” was very political in its first half, opening with the return of Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and continuing with a bit about host Scarlett Johansson’s talking dog being an obnoxious Trump supporter.
But the bow in the pre-Weekend Update portion of this week’s “SNL” was a fake ad for an Ivanka Trump-brand perfume called “Complicit.” I’m assuming you get the joke.
“Every man knows her name. Every woman knows her face. When she walks into a room, all eyes are on her. She’s Ivanka,” the faux-commercial’s narrator said as Johansson appeared as Ivanka at a fancy party. “And a woman like her deserves a fragrance all her own. A scent made just for her. Because she’s beautiful. She’s powerful. She’s… complicit.”
It starts out subtle, relatively speaking, continuing with marketing boilerplate with a double meaning for another moment — all the while the other attendees of the party have uneasy looks on their faces as they’re clearly not happy to see her. At one point she looks in a mirror to apply lipstick and her reflection is Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of Ivanka’s father Donald Trump.
“She’s a woman who knows what she wants. and knows what she’s doing. Complicit,” the narrator goes on. “She doesn’t crave the spotlight, but we see her. Oh, how we see her. Complicit.”
But then it transitioned from that sort of subtle joke into directly taking shots at Ivanka, spelling the joke out for anyone who isn’t keeping up.
“She’s loyal. Devoted. But probably should have bounced after the whole ‘Access Hollywood’ bus thing. Also, I bet when she watches ‘Titanic’ she thinks she’s Rose. Sorry, girl, you’re Billy Zane.”
But that wasn’t the punchline. The Billy Zane jab was definitely good enough to be, but “SNL” really went for the kill with one final line.
“Complicit, the fragrance for the woman who can stop all this, but won’t. Also available in a cologne for Jared,” referring to her husband and Trump adviser Jared Kushner.