It’s the kind of elaborate music video featuring the female cast members of “Saturday Night Live” that we’ve come to expect. This week, we saw a Beyoncé “Sorry” parody with an aesthetic that completely mirrored the original.
The SNL version of the video from “Lemonade” — “Melanianade” — featured the women who surround Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and came during perhaps the most tumultuous period of his candidacy as numerous women have accused him of making unwanted sexual advances.
“Here lies my last nerve, Donald,” says Cecily Strong, as she plays Melania Trump. “I’ve stood by your side this whole campaign. Your beautiful, dutiful Melania. I can’t take it anymore. I am your wife.”
“Your daughter,” says Emily Blunt, playing Ivanka Trump. “Your mouthpiece,” says Kate McKinnon, playing Kellyanne Conway. “Your one black friend,” says Sasheer Zamata, playing Omarosa. “Your other daughter,” says Vanessa Bayer, playing Tiffany Trump.
“And you’re breaking us,” they say. “Taking it for granted that we’ll always be there.”
The bus in the Beyoncé video is a limo in the SNL version. And while there are no painted faces in the parody, it does have those awfully familiar camera angles and Serena Williams chair dancing.
“Without us you wouldn’t be standing there / you’d just be the guy with the weird hair,” they sing.
Oh, and then Mike Pence (played by Beck Bennett) shows up.
“I wrote that all by myself,” Strong as Melania says, a nod to the speech she delivered during the Republican National Convention that sounded awfully familiar.
The entire episode apparently went too far for Trump, who tweeted the episode was a “hit job on me.”
“Time to retire the boring and unfunny show,” he wrote. “Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!”