Alec Baldwin Weighs In On Rob Schneider’s Viral ‘SNL Criticism’ And Political Stances
Comedian Rob Schneider has been in the news all week for his comments on Saturday Night Live, then for doubling down against critics.
In case you missed it, SNL alumni Schneider made headlines for going on the Glenn Beck show and explaining the moment he knew the show was “over.”
Comedy legend @RobSchneider tells me the moment he knew Saturday Night Live was "OVER": "I literally prayed, PLEASE have a joke at the end…" pic.twitter.com/Eyqh3GFnUG
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) August 29, 2022
Schneider, who if you follow on Twitter know he is not shy about his moderate, right-of-center, political beliefs, said SNL was dead when they treated Donald Trump’s victory in 2016 as a funeral for America.
“When Hillary Clinton lost, which is understandable, that she would lose. Not exactly the most likable person in the room, and then when Kate McKinnon went out there on Saturday Night Live in that cold opening,” Schneider said to Beck.
“She was dressed like Hillary Clinton and starts playing ‘Hallelujah’ and I literally prayed ‘Please have a joke at the end. Don’t do this. Don’t go down there.’ And there was no joke at the end and I went ‘It’s over. It’s over. It’s not going to come back,’” he added.
After those comments went viral, Schneider doubled down on his political and cultural stances. Especially amidst critics who explained this would be a death sentence for his career.
“I prioritize supporting a country that provides the same Freedoms for my children that made my career possible,” the comedian wrote on Twitter. “This legacy to me is more important to me than the next chapter of my career. Love, Rob.”
I prioritize supporting a country that provides the same Freedoms for my children that made my career possible. This legacy to me is more important to me than the next chapter of my career.
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) August 31, 2022
Beck asked about Schneider’s potential career concerns during their interview, saying, “are you willing to lose it all for what you believe?”
“Absolutely. Because if we don’t have it, then we have nothing,” Schneider responded. “I’m not — I don’t care about my career anymore, I care about my children’s — the country they’re going to live in.”
Alec Baldwin – of all celebrities – chimed in on Schneider’s SNL criticism. Calling former President Donald Trump a “maniac” in an Instagram video.
“I guess it must be an incredibly slow news cycle if we’re talking about Rob Schneider’s thoughts about Kate McKinnon playing Hillary Clinton so many years ago,” Baldwin said.
“So Schneider brings this up now and he’s criticizing [SNL],” Baldwin later added in his lengthy video. “I guess it must be tough. I know that in the Trump era it’s tough for conservatives… I think it’s agony because you’ve got this guy who’s got control of the party.”
“[Trump is] like a virus that’s taken over your party. And you’re all raising money on his reputation and his energy field. But my point is that I know it’s tough.”
“I’ve said countless times publicly: Trump is the only president in our country’s history who has served as president and was unchanged by the process. He was exactly the same when he came out as when he started. He’s still the same, he’s even worse, I guess,” Baldwin went on.
“It must be tough for the Rob Schneiders of the world. It must be tough that your man is a maniac… There’s a lot of criticisms that are hurled back and forth between the two [political] sides about the same bunch of issues.”
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