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‘Saturday Night Live’ mocked CDC’s new mask rules with Kate McKinnon’s Dr. Fauci

Summary List Placement"Saturday Night Live" officially weighed in on the Centers for Disease Control's new mask guidelines. Kate McKinnon reprised her role as Dr. Anthony Fauci in this week's cold open, pretending to be the infectious disease expert while demonstrating scenarios of "correct mask behavior." The latest episode came after the CDC announced fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear a mask outside or in most indoor places.  "It's your boy, Fauci, the patron saint of Purell," McKinnon said. "A lot of people had questions, such as: What does that mean? What the hell are you talking about? Is this a trap?" said McKinnon....

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“Saturday Night Live” officially weighed in on the Centers for Disease Control’s new mask guidelines.

Kate McKinnon reprised her role as Dr. Anthony Fauci in this week’s cold open, pretending to be the infectious disease expert while demonstrating scenarios of “correct mask behavior.” The latest episode came after the CDC announced fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear a mask outside or in most indoor places. 

“It’s your boy, Fauci, the patron saint of Purell,” McKinnon said.

“A lot of people had questions, such as: What does that mean? What the hell are you talking about? Is this a trap?” said McKinnon. “To clear things up, I found a few doctors at the CDC who minored in theater, and I asked them to re-enact various scenarios in order to demonstrate correct mask behavior.” 

She then introduced the “CDC players,” whose first scene was “man walks into a bar” with Aidy Bryant and Beck Bennett

“Do I still have to wear a mask indoors?” Bennett asked. 

“You actually do not … as long as you’re vaccinated,” Bryant replied. 

“I’m not,” said Bennett, adding, “I’m entering a bar at 11 a.m. Did you really think I was vaxxed? Cause that’s on you.” 

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Other scenarios included a businessman requesting a drink on an airplane, people attending large gatherings, and two subway passengers. One scene was titled “young folks who started dating during the pandemic,” featuring Andrew Dismukes and Chloe Fineman. 

“This is exciting! We’re dining outside, so we can definitely take our masks off,” said Dismukes. 

The two removed their masks, prompting Fineman to gasp. 

“Oh no,” Fineman said. “I don’t like the bottom of your face. It looks like you grew mold under your mask.” 

Dismukes said: “Then what if you put your mask over your eyes?”

“That’s nice,” Fineman answered. “You look like a blue man.” 

Keegan-Michael Key hosted this week’s episode and Olivia Rodrigo was the musical guest.

 

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