There are a lot of predictions as to what's going to happen once Trump takes office in 2017, and a lot of complaining about how bad 2016 has been. But perhaps, instead of whining about this year and fearing that 2017 will be even worse, we should focus on the fact that we are closing in on our final weeks with Barack Obama, and should cherish every last moment we have with him. That's what SNL's parody of Run-D.M.C.'s "Christmas in Hollis" is all about.
Keenan Thompson is joined by musical guest Chance The Rapper to take us through the reasons to celebrate our last Christmas with Barack Obama, in the video called "Jingle Barack." For example, the holiday season is a time for counting your blessings, like being able to break your arm and still be covered by Obamacare! Or getting presents on Christmas morning, instead of what the kids might get next year: "a bomb from Iran."
As their refrain about it being the last Christmas while Barack is still here continues to apply to more serious issues, the video becomes a dark meditation on the fact that for many Americans, fear is the predominate emotion about the looming four years under Donald Trump. And yet, the campy, throwback hip hop video aesthetic, creates a divide between the frivolity of the medium and the serious concerns they're expressing. Under the tree, family members are finding "gifts" that are actually basic needs that our country has fought for years to provide to its citizens, like birth control. Meanwhile, two men are getting married that night, because same-sex marriage is under threat once Trump takes over.
In Chance The Rapper's verse, he talks about the things he's stocking up for on Christmas eve, which sound a lot like supplies for a natural disaster preparedness kit: batteries and canned food. Joking that the Trump presidency will be an apocalypse is a funny joke to make, but hearing the message from the black performers featured into the video turns it into something much more impactful. The video is an important acknowledgment that black Americans fear the continued racial profiling and murders of innocent men by police offers, and that Muslims fear that their names will be put on a registry, just to name a few. It's summed up by a wise black father in the sketch who reminds Chance to "never trust a white dude wearing no red hat."
Watching these guys make silly rhymes about really important human rights issues makes you feel as if these fears have already been accepted as the new status quo. It's a warning of what's to come that's dark, funny, campy and arresting. Plus, Leslie Jones comes in and reveals her secret crush to all of us. Watch it here: