The sketch garnered praise for its unique approach to satire and comedy with respect to American culture.
"Saturday Night Live" has provided the world with some of the most hilarious sketches. Their most recent one which was hosted by comedian Nate Bargatze, who plays George Washington, has been gaining praise from many. A short clip was shared on the official Saturday Night Live TikTok page, breaking the internet and amassing over 5.3 million in just 5 days. The clip captioned, "George Washington has big dreams," is essentially a satirical take on certain unique aspects that Americans have to contend with.
The short clip begins with Kenan Thompson, who portrays one of Washington's soldiers asking him, "Sir, in this new country, what plans are there for men of color, such as I?" Washington does not answer the soldier's question and talks about how the distance would be measured in inches, feet, yard and miles. The soldier is dumbfounded on hearing this. He continues with the specifications of how each unit of measurement would work.
He says, "12 inches to a foot." Another soldier, played by comedian James Austin Johnson, guesses the next unit, saying, "12 feet to a yard?" Washington replies that it was not so "simple," evoking laughter from the audience. He continues, "3 feet to a yard," at which point Johnson asks him the next level of measurement to which he hilariously replies, "No one knows."
The group continues to discuss the various ways of converting one unit of measurement in the American way, showcasing just how unnecessarily complicated it was. Mikey Day, who plays another soldier, confesses that he feels confused about the entire measurement system. He inquires why they would not just use meters and kilometers to simplify things. Washington funnily replies that they will use it for certain "unpopular sports like track and swimming."
He continues by saying that they would use the American mode of measurement for popular sports such as American football. Bowen Yang, another soldier asks him how "football" would be played. Washington explains, "Yes, it's a sport where you throw a ball with your hands," yet again showcasing how absurdly it was named. Day asks him if there is any kicking in the sport.
Washington reveals that there is a "little kicking." He states how players could kick the ball to attain points. When asked how many points, Washington himself appears confused in saying that it would vary from 1 to 3 points. Day finds it very confusing to hear all this. Washington asks him not to worry and shares that their new nation would have new kinds of rulers.
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He talks about how the rulers would have inches on one side and centimeters on the other. Yang optimistically inquires, "So we can see where they line up?" Washington casually replies that they do not line up and never will. Yan is frustrated to hear this and asks him the reason for it. Washington replies that it was because of "liberty." At this point, Thompson asks him about the slaves.
Washington doesn't want to address the query and attempts to divert him, saying, "You asked about the temperature!" The hilarious clip ends with Kenan saying that they did not. People absolutely loved the video and shared their thoughts in the comments section. @nategd23 said, "As an engineering student whose life is unit conversions, this is gold." The full sketch has been shared on YouTube.