In a segment on Weekend Update, Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones blasted a series of the unpopular “heartbeat bills”, and she called them a “war on women”.
Jones, dressed in a red cape and white bonnet from The Handmaid’s Tale, said that we’re all handmaidens now, and this is how it starts. She’s out, living her life, when she sees on the news a bunch of states that are trying to ban ending pregnancies and tell us what we can and can’t do with our bodies.
The next thing you know, she says, is that she’s at Starbucks, and now they won’t take her credit card because she’s a woman.
The Handmaid’s Tale is a 1985 novel that has been adopted into a show, and it presents a dystopian future in which fertile woman are forced to bear the children of the men in charge in a hyper-religious government. The progression to that point goes gradually, with stricter and stricter laws, that eventually lead to the enslavement of women.
Check out the entire speech of Leslie Jones below:
She went on to criticize the senators that voted for the law in Alabama and said that what made her so mad was seeing the 25 Alabama senators who voted for the ban. She went on to show a profile photo of all 25 senators and said that it looks like a casting call for a Lipitor commercial, or like the mugshot of everyone arrested at a massage parlor.
She exclaimed: “When women have a choice, women have freedom!”, to which the studio audience reacted loudly.
She added that the fact that nine states are doing this means that this really is a war on women – and if you’re a woman out there and you feel scared or confused, just know that you’re not alone!
“There’s so many women out there who have got your back, especially me. Leslie ‘Dracarys’ Jones.”
(‘Dracarys’ is the word used by Daenerys in Game of Thrones to command her dragons to spit fire)
Nathalie Emmanuel, the actor who plays Missandei on the show, expressed her support of Jones’ speech:
Many other women around the country voiced their opinion on these bills, and they cheered her on too: