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Melissa Villaseñor Basically Channeled Dolly Parton On SNL And It’s Perfection

Dolly Parton is an American treasure and icon. She’s even partly responsible for the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, which has proven to be 95 percent effective. Melissa Villaseñor finally lived out one of her dreams of being Parton on SNL’s “Weekend Update.”

Do yourself a favor and take moment to enjoy Meissa Villaseñor transforming into Dolly Parton.

SNL’s “Weekend Update” is known for their guests ranging from wildly hilarious scientists to spot-on celebrity impersonations. Villaseñor is the latest cast member to join the news desk with a celebrity impersonation so spot-on that everyone is still talking about it.

Originally, Villaseñor pretended to only be dressed in her Christmas outfit and wanted to talk about Christmas music. Host Colin Jost called her out for clearly dressing and singing like the superstar. Apparently she has been trying to get her Parton impression on the show for a while now.

Fans want to keep seeing Villaseñor imitate Parton.

Villaseñor eventually admits to being dressed like Dolly Parton after singing a couple of Christmas songs. For “Jingle Bells,” Villaseñor sang to the music of “Jolene” and even used some of the lyrics in her song. The SNL cast member went on to give Parton all kinds of props for her work to help Americans in time of need.

“Yeah, news flash. I want to be Dolly. Who doesn’t? She’s a great singer. She writes her own songs. She donated a million dollars to the vaccine. Plus, there was a news story this week that said she saved a kid from getting hit by a car. Which made me mad, because I was speeding up to hit him,” Villaseñor jokes. “I’m kidding.”

Villaseñor is known for her impressions, even being featured in a competition show for them.

SNL-alum Dana Carvey hosted a competition show called “First Impressions with Dana Carvey” from May 2016 to June 2016. The Whittier native delivered with some incredible impressions It was no surprise that she would go on to a career in comedy. SNL turned out to be a good fit for the comedian who has been able to shine on the show.

Hopefully, Villaseñor’s Dolly Parton impression goes down in SNL history.

If you haven’t watched the moment yet, go do it now. This impression is easily one of the best to ever grace the show. You can watch SNL on NBC’s free streaming platform Peacock.

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Bowen Yang’s Call To Action Against Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Echoes The Pain Of A Community Under Attack

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Bowen Yang’s Call To Action Against Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Echoes The Pain Of A Community Under Attack

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On March 27, SNL’s Bowen Yang joined “Weekend Update” to deliver a powerful message on the rise in anti-Asian violence. Initially providing some comic relief to the situation, Yang’s tone shifted as he asked the audience to “fuel up.”

“I don’t even want to be doing this ‘Update’ piece,” Yang admitted and in hindsight, he shouldn’t have to.

Yang’s piece began with playful banter between him and ‘Update’ host Colin Jost who referred to him as the “Asian cast member.” While intentionally harmless, the joke alludes to the tokenism of BIPOC voices in pop culture. But Yang’s delivery remains poignant and timely, so listen up.

Diversity on Saturday Night Live is slim. In 2019 Yang became the first Chinese-American cast member and the fourth-ever cast member of Asian descent in SNL’s history. Quickly becoming a fan favorite on the show, other controversies nearly overshadowed his spotlight.

Two years ago SNL announced that they had hired Shane Gillis, but a video of him using anti-Asian slurs began to circulate. Though he issued an apology, Gillis was off the show.

While Yang did not mention this, the dire need to address performative activism and bystander culture are pertinent.

As coronavirus cases began to surge last spring, an epidemic of race-based hate crimes followed suit.

Addressing the recent surge in violent attacks, Yang said “things for Asians have been bleak for the past two weeks; and all the weeks before that.”

According to Stop AAPI Hate’s National Report, verbal harassment, shunning and physical assault were the most common forms of discrimination against Asian Americans.

In addition, 68 percent of hate crimes were reported by Asian women.

On March 17, eight people—including six Asian women—were killed in a mass shooting in Atlanta, Georgia. The refusal to call the shooting “racially motivated” enraged the public as the rise in brutal attacks intensified.

A day after the Atlanta attack, 76-year-old Xiao Zhen Xie was attacked in San Francisco. She became a viral story on social media after fighting back against her assailant and sending him to the hospital. On March 29, two more anti-Asian hate crimes were reported in New York.

A 65-year-old Filipino woman was verbally and physically attacked on her way to church in Midtown. An Asian man was assaulted and choked on a Manhattan-bound (J) train. The examples of hate crimes on people of Asian descent in the U.S. are limitless and paint a broader picture of the violence terrorizing the community.

As online resources have circulated, Yang wittily critiqued minimal social media solidarity.

When Jost asked if the satirical resources were helpful Yang said, “What can I say to help how insanely bad things are?”

“If someone’s personality is punched an Asian grandma, it’s not a dialogue,” he went on. “I have an Asian grandma; you want to punch her. There ain’t no common ground, mama.”

To those who believe menial forms of support like ordering from a Chinese restaurant or tipping your nail technician are enough, Yang said “Do more!”

Following Xie’s attack, Yang mentioned that her GoFundMe page raised $900,000 which she gave back to her community. “That’s where we are as Asians, now come meet us there,” he said.

As a comedian, Yang said that he’s not just looking for solutions online, but around him.

When reporting potential danger in New York, the saying is “if you see something, say something.” The lack of bystander intervention towards anti-Asian hate crimes is detrimental.

In the case of the 65-year-old woman, whose attacker was charged with a hate crime, the lack of intervention by three bystanders sparked criticism. All workers at a luxury condo where the incident was captured, the three bystanders have since been suspended for their lack of action.

However, witnessing a violent attack may not prompt immediate action out of fear. Luckily resources like Hollaback! are providing free virtual bystander training workshops on safe intervention.

Teaching the five D’s: distract, delegate, document, delay and direct—allies can safely learn to de-escalate incidents. This is just the start to doing more.

Being a proactive ally also includes holding people accountable, educating yourself on the history of anti-Asian sentiments, and donating to civil rights organizations.

To stay engaged listen to Bowen Yang who said, “It’s the year of the metal ox, which basically means a car. So everyone get in, buckle up, it’s no pee breaks. We ride at dawn, grandmas!”

Read: Here’s Why The Attack On Atlanta’s Asian-American Community Is A Crime Against Us All

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Bad Bunny Nearly Kissed Rosalía During His ‘Saturday Night Live’ Debut

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Bad Bunny Nearly Kissed Rosalía During His ‘Saturday Night Live’ Debut

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Bad Bunny made his Saturday Night Live debut on Feb. 20 as a musical guest. As expected, he was joined by Spanish singer Rosalía for a steamy performance of their duet “La Noche de Anoche.”

Bad Bunny and Rosalía turned up the heat on SNL.

As we predicted, one of Bad Bunny’s two performances was for his latest El Último Tour Del Mundo hit “La Noche de Anoche” with Rosalía. Both artists stared into each other’s eyes as they performed the reggaeton bop. The crowd screamed when Rosalía sang, “Dime papi.” Benito and Rosalía took the embracing from the music video to the next level when they nearly kissed at the end of the performance. There was a lot of brushing of their cheeks that had the crowd screaming more.

Bad Bunny and Rosalía’s romance for “La Noche de Anoche” is just for on-screen purposes. Benito is in a relationship with his girlfriend Gabriela Berlingeri and Rosalía is rumored to be going out with Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. She has uncredited backing vocals on Alejandro’s song “Dile a Él” from his Afrodisíaco album.

For his second performance, Bad Bunny opted for a ballad.

Currently Bad Bunny has the biggest hit Latin song in the world with “Dákiti” featuring Jhay Cortez. For his second performance, he opted to perform the heartbreaking ballad “Te Deseo Lo Mejor.” With that song he was able to show off the alternative rock edge to his El Último Tour Del Mundo album.

In the episode of SNL hosted by Bridgerton star Rége-Jean Page, Bad Bunny also acted in the digital skit “Loco.” He played a house plant that encouraged Ego Nwodim to “buss it down if you’re mentally ill.”

In other Bad Bunny news, he retained his 24/7 Championship belt during last night’s WWE Elimination Chamber special. He notably slapped his rival on the series, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, in the face.

What can’t Bad Bunny do?

Read: Bad Bunny Is Going All In On Wrestling And We Ain’t Mad About It

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