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Don Cheadle made important fashion choices on ‘SNL’

Cheadle took a stand.


Ellen Ioanes


Posted on Feb 17, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 6:55 pm CDT

When was the last time a Saturday Night Live host wore anything memorable? Typically, fashion choices are not the main draw of the sketch show, but host Don Cheadle changed that last night with two very memorable shirts.

First, Cheadle wore a t-shirt saying, “Protect Trans Kids” when introducing musical guest Gary Clark Jr.’s last song of the show. Clark’s music choice, too, was political; his song “This Land,” which Cheadle was introducing, poignantly and pointedly dissects his treatment as a Black man living in “Trump Country.”

Cheadle’s clothing choice comes as protections for trans people in the U.S. are eroding. Just last month, the Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender members of the military to go into effect, preventing many trans people from joining the military while lower courts review arguments.

Cheadle also wore his heart on his sleeve—or, rather, his sleeves, chest, and back—in a political hockey jersey during the closing credits. The jersey, red with the Russian acronym of the USSR on the front, had “45” on each sleeve, and read “Trump” on the back.

It was a more potent and subtle anti-Trump sentiment than Alec Baldwin’s impression, which made yet another appearance last night.

Of course, Twitter users got a kick out of both clothing choices.


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*First Published: Feb 17, 2019, 9:47 am CST