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Tina Fey talks about Charlottesville on SNL’s ‘Weekend Update’

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Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Tina Fey, who anchored the show's Weekend Update segment from 2000 to 2006, made a surprise appearance alongside current anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, during the second of their weekly series of half-hour live "Weekend Update" specials airing Thursdays this month on NBC. Credit: Saturday Night Live

Tina Fey returned to her old “Weekend Update” desk on Thursday night’s summer edition of the “Saturday Night Live” staple to offer her views on last weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Va.

“It broke my heart to see these evil forces descend upon Charlottesville,” said Fey, wearing a University of Virginia sweatshirt (she’s a Class of 1992 grad). “But at the same time, I don’t want any more good people to get hurt. And I know a lot of us are feeling anxious and we’re asking ourselves, ‘What can I do? I’m just one person.’ So I would urge people this Saturday, instead of participating in screaming matches and potential violence, find a local business you support, maybe a Jewish-run bakery or an African-American bakery. Order a cake with an American flag on it and just eat it.”

With that, she brought out a flag-bedecked cake and proceeded to stuff her face (using at one point a grilled-cheese sandwich as a fork) while continuing her commentary.

“Sheet-caking is a grass-roots movement,” she said in between bites. “Most of the women I know have been doing it once a week since the election.” As she continued speed-eating the cake, she offered criticisms of conservative commentator Ann Coulter, House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump.

“In conclusion, I really want to encourage all good, sane Americans to treat these rallies this weekend like the opening of a thoughtful movie with two female leads: Don’t show up,” she said as she signed off. “Let these morons scream into the empty air. I love you Charlottesville, and as Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘Who’s that hot, light-skinned girl over by the butter churn?’”

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