The reaction to the cold open of the Nov. 12 episode of ‘SNL’ was insane, as Kate McKinnon gave the most dramatic performance in the history of the show that night. Fans of Kate’s Hillary Clinton impression lost it after seeing the comedian give a moving performance of ‘Hallelujah’ following the nominee’s loss on Nov. 8.
Kate McKinnon, 32, rocked the Nov. 12 cold open of Saturday Night Live and gave Americans who supported Hillary Clinton, 69, in the 2016 presidential election some closure with her beautiful performance of recently-deceased Leonard Cohen‘s ballad “Hallelujah.” Kate played the piano as she sang the song with adapted lyrics, including, “I did my best, it wasn’t much/I couldn’t feel/I tried to touch.” Kate touchingly finished the song with, “Even though it all went wrong/I’m not giving up/And neither should you.”
And because it’s only been a few days since her opponent, Donald Trump, 70, won the election on Nov. 8 in an unprecedented upset that left many Americans devastated, people were shaken to their very core by her impersonation of Hillary, which has until now always been a comedic role. “Nothing summed up the week as well as Kate McKinnon’s voice threatening to break into tears on third verse of ‘Hallalujah,'” wrote one Twitter user. “This is the most beautiful thing ever to happen ever,” tweeted actress and giant Hillary supporter, Lena Dunham. And there were even more powerful reactions to Kate’s performance.
Nothing summed up the week as well as Kate McKinnon's voice threatening to break into tears on third verse of "Hallalujah"
— RiskyLiberal (@RiskyLiberal) November 13, 2016
This is the most beautiful thing ever to happen ever: https://t.co/3kkawznVe8
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 13, 2016
— Geo Nerd (@rocksaretuff) November 13, 2016
— Kay Hanley (@kayhanley) November 13, 2016
— shauna (@goldengateblond) November 13, 2016
— Corey Farley (@Farley1226) November 13, 2016
— Julie Collins (@CollinsAtl) November 13, 2016
— Nolan Burks (@nolanbukrs) November 13, 2016
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) November 13, 2016
Well, it’s definitely a “cold and broken hallelujah,” for a lot of Americans this week, and we can totally understand those who felt like Kate’s performance was an extremely cathartic experience. It’s very touching to think that a show that is usually so focused on mocking politics would take the time to reach out to viewers who are really hurting right now.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of the reactions to Kate’s performance on SNL? Let us know below!