NBC’s Saturday Night Live took aim at the federal sex-trafficking investigation embroiling Florida Republican congressman Matt Gaetz in the show’s cold open, with some viewers noting that Pete Davidson was once again playing an alleged sexual predator.
The casting of Davidson, 27, playing Gaetz allegedly having sex with a teen left some viewers describing it as ‘unsettling’.
Last year, Davidson dated 18-year-old Kaia Gerber, the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford.
Gerber was just one year older than the teenager Gaetz was allegedly involved with.
Pete Davidson played Florida Republican congressman Matt Gaetz on SNL
The depiction was ‘unsettling’ for some viewers given Davidson’s dating history
Davidson’s Gaetz appeared as part of a game show with Chloe Fineman portraying the host Britney Spears
Gerber’s parents, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, were pictured with concerned looks on their faces outside their daughter’s New York home during her courtship with Davidson
Davidson and Gerber dated for several months during the early part of 2020, much to the disdain of Gerber’s parents who were pictured with concerned looks on their faces outside their daughter’s New York home.
Ultimately, the romance fizzled with Davidson later checking himself into rehab for drug addiction.
The SNL skit featured Chloe Fineman playing Britney Spears hosting a TV show called ‘Oops, You Did It Again’ in which the pop star looks at ‘the social pariahs of the week and decides whether they are ‘innocent or not that innocent.”
Gaetz is currently being investigated by the Justice Department over allegations involving sex trafficking and prostitution involving a 17-year-old girl
Davidson, 27, came on set as Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) who was referred to as ‘a full-on sex pest’.
In real life, federal prosecutors are reportedly examining whether there is any truth to allegations 38-year-old Gaetz and a political ally were involved in sex trafficking and prostitution in which he paid underage girls or offered them gifts in exchange for sex.
Gaetz also allegedly showed nude photos of women he slept with to colleagues on the floor of the House of Representatives.
‘Giggity-giggity-goo!’ Davidson’s Gaetz exclaimed, channeling Family Guy’s resident sexual predator, Quagmire.
Viewers appeared to be unsettled by Davidson’s casting as an alleged sex pest on SNL
Earlier in the season, Davidson took on the role of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who himself has also become enveloped in a sexual assault scandal.
Viewers seemed especially perturbed by Davidson’s depiction of Gaetz.
‘Pete Davidson as Matt Gaetz is a little too on the nose,’ wrote one Twitter user.
‘Pete Davidson as Gaetz was obviously as unsettling for him as it was for his fans,’ exclaimed another poster.
‘SNL always puttin Pete Davidson as Sexual assaulters,’ observed another.
‘Pete Davidson has played both Andrew Cuomo and Matt Gaetz. Pete has certainly cornered the sexual predator market,’ added another user in a similar vein.
‘Pete Davidson playing Cuomo and now Gaetz…he’s cornering the market on creepy politicians,’ wrote one.
‘Pete Davidson is the worst. #snl,’ was the verdict of another SNL viewer.
Kaia Gerber, left, the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford, pictured here with Pete Davidson in 2019, was just one year older than the teenager Gaetz was allegedly involved with
Pete Davidson is pictured in November 2019 with his then 18-year-old girlfriend Kaia Gerber
A few weeks ago, SNL also cast Davidson as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who is dealing with his own set of sexual allegations against him
On set, SNL cut straight to the point: ‘So this whole story is so bizarre, so incredibly Florida, that I need to get it straight,’ Fineman’s Spears said. ‘You were dating a 17-year-old and brought her on dates across state lines?’
‘Allegedly,’ Davidson’s Gaetz replied.
‘Prostitutes say you took ecstasy and had sex with them in Florida hotel rooms,’ she continued. ‘And your Republican colleagues in Congress say you’ve shown then nude photos of women you were sleeping with.’
‘Which is not a crime,’ Davidson’s Gaetz claimed. ‘Just horrifying.’
‘I don’t know Matt, I think I can spot a teen predator when I see one – after all, I was on the Mickey Mouse Club,’ Spears said.
‘That’s ridiculous. People are just targeting me because I defended Donald Trump!’ Davidson’s Gaetz responded.
‘Do you think these allegations are going to hurt you in the next election?’ Spears asked.
‘Weirdly, in my district, they might help,’ Gaetz said of his Florida constituents.
‘People are just targeting me because I defended Donald Trump!’ Davidson’s Gaetz responded on SNL. Pictured, in real life, former President Donald Trump accompanied by Gaetz at a baseball game