This throwback Adele ‘SNL’ sketch will help you survive Thanksgiving with your offensive family members
Finally there’s a struggle I can’t relate to: sitting across from an aunt at Thanksgiving dinner who voted for Trump. I’m elated that I only have to pass the yams and greens to family members who voted to keep that man as far away from the White House as humanly possible. But everyone isn’t as fortunate. Adele’s “Hello” can help with all the political talk that tends to go left. This throwback SNL sketch, “A Thanksgiving Miracle,” breaks downs how it can keep your family from throwing that green bean casserole at the wall.
Elections aren’t the only things that bring out sexist Uncle Jerry, racist Aunt Sally, and homophobic Grandpa Earl. To swerve left on all of that noise — but really you should be checking your fam’s bigotry and hatred because that’s how we ended up with this guy as president — you need Adele’s “Hello” on deck. Then follow in the simple footsteps of the SNL cast who acted it all out for you.
First, you need to appoint someone, preferably a kid, who will press play and stop on “Hello” whenever someone starts being offensive. Aunt Sally is against refugees coming to America? Hit play. That same aunt blames black people for being disparagingly being killed by police? You know what to do.
HELLO! IT’S ME. I WAS WONDERING IF AFTER ALL THESE YEARS YOU’D LIKE TO MEET.
More political talk that’s offensive? Hit play, then jump up from the table to reenact the lyrics with the emotions Adele intended.
HELLO FROM THE OTHER SIDE. I MUST’VE CALLED A THOUSAND TIMES. TO TELL YOU I’M SORRY, FOR EVERYTHING THAT I’VE DONE.
Press play and stop as much as you need. Whatever it takes for it to not come to fisticuffs with your relatives. As much as their beliefs may suck, you can’t really hit grandma. The sad truth is that some of their views aren’t likely to change, especially if they’re an elder. So let Adele bring peace unto your homes this holiday season. Because who can argue over Adele screaming “hello” at an ex who won’t pick up her calls?
And since we’re here… everyone should be checking their bigoted, hateful relatives. But white allies and feminists, Adele can’t do the hard work for you. The time has come to put your big boy drawls and big girl panties on to do real work. That work starts at the dinner table this Thanksgiving — calling out, correcting, checking, and educating racist Aunt Sally.
Go forth and shake the table! It’s what Adele would want.