Cecily Strong figured the best way to tackle the absurdity of Texas’ abortion law was to do it while wearing a big, red nose.

On the most recent episode of “Saturday Night Live,” Strong made an appearance on “Weekend Update” as a new character ― Goober the Clown, Who Had an Abortion When She Was 23.

Strong appeared in a circus costume to talk about the Texas law bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy — an extremely small window of time during which most pregnant people don’t even know they’re pregnant. Supreme Court heard arguments last weekThe Texas law was signed in September by Gov. Greg Abbott (R), signed the Texas law in September. Anyone can sue to enforce this ban.

Why would Goober the Clown, a clown with giant pigtails & a spinny bow tie, want to discuss such sensitive topics? Goober, the Clown, wants everyone to remember that, regardless of how politicized this topic has become, many women (er,) still have a lot of power. Abortion is not just for clowns.

“I really don’t [want to talk about this],” Strong’s character tells “Weekend Update” co-anchor Colin Jost. “But people keep bringing it up, so I gotta keep talking about freaking abortion … I wish I didn’t have to do this, because the abortion I had at 23 is my personal clown business.”

Strong, Goober then tells us why she spoke out about abortion and is dressed a lot like Loonette from the kids’ series “The Big Comfy Couch.”

Cecily Strong portrays Goober the Clown in “Saturday Night Live”
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“It’s a rough subject,” she says. “So we’re gonna do fun clown stuff to make it more palatable. Hey, who wants a balloon animal?”

Strong, dressed in her gooberfish Goober armour, was free to break down the stigma associated with abortion and highlight some disturbing facts as well as cultural norms.

“Did you know one in three clowns will have a clown abortion in her lifetime?” Goober asked. “You don’t, because they don’t tell you. They don’t even know how to talk to other clowns about it, because when they do talk about it, if you were a clown who wasn’t the victim of something sad like clown-cest, they think your clown abortion wasn’t a ‘righteous clown abortion.’”

The conceit also allowed Strong to humanize people who get the procedure by describing Goober’s own abortion.

“In the waiting room, they had a little guest book where all the clowns could write their clown abortion story for the next clown to read it so she wouldn’t feel so alone!” she exclaimed, donning a pair of wacky novelty glasses.

Strong pointed out, however that abortion is more widespread than people think because it is taboo.

“Years later, you’ll be at a dinner with a big group of clowns and one clown will go out on a limb and say she’s had an abortion,” she said. “And then like eight other clowns at the table say they’ve had an abortion too, because that’s how common it is!”

“And then everyone’s excited and relieved to be talking about it,” she added. “But it’s like, ‘Wow! We kept this secret for so long despite being so grateful it happened!’”

On Twitter, people were amazed at how Strong employed humor as a means to address such a sensitive topic. (Some speculated that Strong was describing her own experience, though it’s not clear if that’s actually true.)

Texas’ abortion ban has inspired copycat bills. Last week, Ohio introduced an even more extreme versionTexas’ ban against abortions in all stages of pregnancy. Arguments regarding the Texas ban on abortion will be heard by the Supreme Court Dec. 1. a bill signed by Mississippi lawmakers Most abortions are prohibited after 15 weeks.

Considering the chain reaction of Texas’ ban, Goober the Clown ended her bit by pinpointing why trying to use laws and courts to prevent abortions is, well, ridiculous.

“It’s going to happen, so it ought to be safe, legal and accessible,” Goober said in a high-pitched voice after inhaling some helium.

“We will not go back to the alley,” she concluded. “I mean, the last thing anyone wants is a bunch of dead clowns in a dark alley.”



Source: HuffPost.com.

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