- Amy Klobuchar devouring Ivanka Trump is the 2020 vore crossover no one wanted 1 Year Ago
- Review: Hulu’s ‘Devs’ is a brilliant work of near-future science fiction Today 11:53 AM
- Rapper Pop Smoke dead at 20 Today 11:42 AM
- KSI says he will back Team YouTube if Logan Paul fights Antonio Brown Today 11:29 AM
- William Barr questions whether tech companies should be protected for user content Today 11:10 AM
- The Bloomberg campaign has reached its post-parody zenith Today 10:35 AM
- Ben Affleck explains why he lied about his back tattoo Today 10:28 AM
- Kim Kardashian West accidentally praises Jeff Bezos for threatening to fire employees Today 10:19 AM
- Young Thug blasted for intentionally misgendering Dwayne Wade’s daughter Today 10:17 AM
- Is the Lovers and Friends festival a Fyre fiasco waiting to happen? Today 10:16 AM
- Justin Bieber does ‘Yummy’ TikTok dance and talks about ‘mind control’ on ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Today 10:12 AM
- How to watch tonight’s Nevada 2020 Democratic presidential debate Today 10:00 AM
- The ‘Naked Philanthropist’ and Kent State gun girl are beefing online Today 9:25 AM
- Maine implemented a strict privacy law—corporations are now claiming it violates their free speech Today 9:11 AM
- Review: This is just the beginning for ‘Dreams’ Today 7:30 AM
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.
Don Cheadle wore a Soviet Union hockey jersey with “Trump” and “45” on the back at the end of SNL after hosting. Shade level: Masterful pic.twitter.com/hrDjPRulXy— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 17, 2019
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.
OH MY GOD HE WAS WEARING A SHIRT THAT SAID PROTECT TRANS KIDS, AS A TRANSWOMAN IN HER TWENTIES WHO HAS DAILY PROBLEMS WITH STRAIGHT BLACK MEN - I LOVE YOU @DonCheadle #ProtectTransKids #TransKids #SNL— Lena🏳️🌈 (@Shin_Cromartie) February 17, 2019
Don cheadle wearing a shirt that says “protect trans kids” on snl really means a lot to me— zoe (@paramerikate) February 17, 2019
Ellen Ioanes is the FOIA reporter at the Daily Dot, where she covers U.S. politics. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Center for Public Integrity, HuffPost India, and more.