Pretty please, SNL! (We're begging.)
In the two-plus weeks since he took office, President Donald Trump has kept the people busy, issuing a dizzy number of executive orders, undermining the judicial branch of government, and whining about the New York Times.
Trump may think his mistreatment of Rosie O'Donnell is all in the past, but Melissa McCarthy's recent guest appearance as press secretary Sean Spicer on NBC's Saturday Night Live has Rosie thinking she might get the last laugh after all.
Many fans have taken to Twitter asking Rosie O'Donnell to please (OMG PLEASE!) play Trump adviser Steve Bannon on SNL.
It's obviously out of her control, but Rosie told NBC news that "If asked, of course, I would. Alec [Baldwin] is amazing. Melissa McCarthy was perfect. It's a funny idea. But SNL knows what they are doing."
So right now it's still a pipe dream, but one Rosie would LOVE to make a reality, and her celebrity friends like Kate Mulgrew agree.
— Captain Janeway (@CaptJaneway2017) February 7, 2017
You might have forgotten in the clusterf*ck of the past two weeks, but for more than a decade, President Trump did stuff like bully Rosie O'Donnell whenever he got the opportunity after she made a few negative comments about him on The View.
Trump's history of insults aimed at Rosie includes: “a woman out of control,” a “true loser,” a “total train wreck,” “disgusting,” a “slob,” “fat, ugly”.
Now that he's president, Trump seems to have cooled it on his weird obsession with fat-shaming and publicly mocking Rosie, directing most of his ire to the press and Saturday Night Live.
Sean Spicer handled McCarthy's portrayal with as much grace as possible. He admitted the show was funny but remarked that McCarthy's Spicer had "way too much gum in her mouth."
His reaction was apparently much milder than Trump's.
While Trump did not (as he is so often wont to do) take to Twitter to pronounce them unfunny failures (his usual M.O.) he was reportedly furious.
Vanity Fair reported that a source close to Trump had this to say about the president's reaction:
“More than being lampooned as a press secretary who makes up facts it was Spicer’s portrayal by a woman that was most problematic in the president’s eyes. It is not considered helpful for Spicer’s longevity in the grueling, high-profile job in which he has struggled to strike the right balance between representing an administration that considers the media the ‘opposition party,’ and developing a functional relationship with the press.”
Sigh. Sigh again. Sigh until I pass out maybe.
It was McCarthy's performance that inspired Rosie to announce that if SNL needed anyone to play Trump's alt-right-hand man Steve Bannon, she would be ready, willing, and able.
In many respects, this could be the blow that causes Trump to lose it like never before.
Donald Trump's hatred and fixation on Rosie O'Donnell has never made sense.
From the very beginning, his attacks on her seemed obsessive and more malicious than anything I ever experienced in middle school (which is saying something since someone once forced me to the ground and made me eat dog food).
O'Donnell herself has spoken publicly about how Trump's bullying of more than 10 years traumatized her, saying to People magazine "It was national, and it was sanctioned societally. Whether I deserved it is up to your own interpretation.”
Whatever you think of Rosie O'Donnell, imagine how you'd feel if Donald Trump took that stage at a nationally televised debate and FOR NO REASON mocked you in front of a nation.
Trump's obsession with Rosie goes beyond the normal heckling that standup comics like O'Donnell are trained to handle like water off a duck's back.
What makes Trump's endless bullying of Rosie stick out is that it's so personal and says so much about what a petty tyrant he really is as he continues this attack on a fat, gay, woman who dared to speak her mind.
If O'Donnell does get to portray Bannon, not only would it be hilarious, but it would force the president to see that the highest office in the land doesn't erase the memories of his past evils or make him a great man, it places him under deeper scrutiny and makes everything he's done or will do more important than ever before.