It took “Saturday Night Live” more than a week to address the Harvey Weinstein scandal but only two days to poke fun at the allegations that U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore molested a 14-year-old girl.
The sketch show spoofed the firebrand Republican in the cold open with Vice President Pence telling the senator hopeful to consider dropping out of the race because of the mounting sexual misconduct scandal.
“Don’t think of it as ending your campaign. Think of it as going to conversion therapy to turn yourself into someone who is no longer a candidate,” cast member Beck Bennett said, as Pence.
The real Moore on Thursday was accused of pursuing at least four teenage girls while in his 30s and working as an assistant district attorney in Alabama. He had sexual contact with the youngest victim, according to a Washington Post report.
The GOP nominee slammed the allegations as “politically motivated” and said he only dated “young ladies” before his marriage.
Moore’s flat-out denial failed to persuade faux Pence of his innocence.
“It’s hard to convince people that you are not into young girls when you dress like Woody from ‘Toy Story,’” Bennett told Alex Moffat’s Moore.
Moore is the latest addition to rapidly growing list of men to be accused of sexual harassment or assault, and to be mentioned on the sketch show because of the allegations.
He and comedian Louis C.K. within a week of the news surfacing, a change in pace from the height of the Weinstein saga.
“Saturday Night Live” failed to mention the disgraced Hollywood producer in the episode following the initial report in the New York Times, and even then, the scandal was only discussed on “Weekend Update.”
Roy Moore, the former Alabama Chief Justice, was accused of molesting a 14-year-old during the 1970s.
Moore garnered a second mention at the satiric news desk with co-host Colin Jost cracking jokes about his “naughty” cowboy get-up.
Jost brought Cecily Strong’s “Claire from HR” to the desk for a quiz on when it’s appropriate to have a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.
“I’m pretty sure the answer is never,” Jost replied.
The “Weekend Update” anchor jokingly conceded that everyone “you’ve ever heard of is a sex monster.”
“How are we still surprised that someone who puts up the Ten Commandments up everywhere doesn’t actually follow them,” Jost said. “What’s next? It turns out the guy who always jokes about masturbating wasn’t joking about masturbating?”
Jost was of course referring to Louis C.K. and his fall from fame after confirming he masturbated in front of unwilling women — including fellow comedians — on multiple occasions.
Comedian and host Tiffany Haddish alluded to the “Louis” creator in her monologue, but not by name.
“If you’re things out, and she’s got all her clothes on, you’re wrong. You are in the wrong,” the 37-year-old “Girls Trip” star said. “Wait until she takes her own clothes off, then pull your thing-thing out.”