Saturday Night Live and James Franco tackle sexual harassment with Christmas satire

Kate Mc Kinnon as an Elf Kenan Thompson as Santa during Visit with Santa Cold Open on Saturday

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In the show's cold open, Kenan Thompson played a department store Santa dealing with some politically attuned kids for a sketch that echoed aspects of Franken's resignation speech.

Next customer, a little girl, was quickly hustled away after telling Santa that she wants 'a Barbie, unless the feminazis are going to take that away from me too!'

"Tyler, what would you like Santa to bring you this year", asks mall Santa.

He groused that Al Franken had quit the Senate due to claims of sexual harassment, 'and yet uncle Bad Touch is up four points in Alabama'. Santa bumbled through an awkward answer, telling the boy Franken is on the "naughty list" this year.

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"Could I get a Mega Bloks Dinosaur?" Santa says to his elf, Sugarplum, played by Kate McKinnon.

After asking for a couple normal things, one boy has a question for Santa: "Can you tell me, what did Al Franken do?".

Co-host Michael Che called out the Democrats" attempt to "paint itself the "party of the moral high ground'" by forcing Franken to step down from the Senate amid the sexual misconduct allegations, compared to the GOP's embrace of senatorial candidate Roy Moore despite his alleged past sexual misconduct.

Che, meanwhile, complained about Roy Moore's continued strength in opinion polls despite allegations of child sexual abuse. "It's more of a registry".

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"I wanted to follow up on Tyler's question", she asks. Jessica wonders if President Trump is on the naughty list, to which Santa responds that he'd rather stay out of political matters.

"Nineteen accusers, Google it", Santa's elf once again chimes in. Our president may have said and done a few naughty things.

Struggling to keep things light and festive, Santa told the little girl he thought everyone could learn a lot from the news. "I learned that if you admit you did something wrong, you're in trouble". Franken, who resigned this week over allegations, was a writer for "SNL" in the 70's and 80's. As the skit goes on, the kids get younger and younger, and their clever lines about the nuances of geopolitical happenings are flustering them. Things will get better - but maybe not for another 3 years, 42 days and 24 minutes. "But just in case I'm putting all my money in Bit".

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