Saturday Night Live tried to poke fun at perceived pedophilia on last night’s episode.
A Golden Globe winner for Three Billboards, host Sam Rockwell starred in the timely sketch as Captain Hook, who begins to have concerns after he captures a group of Peter Pan’s underage Lost Boys (Mikey Day, Kyle Mooney, Pete Davidson, and Luke Null).
“Before we get to the main pirate stuff, let me ask you a question,” he tells the boys. “Is this weird? The fact that I’m sort of encouraging all these young guys to hang out on my boat. Just from an optics standpoint, is that going to look weird?”
The boys think it’s all in good fun and don’t see any problem.
“I’m having a great time,” Hook agrees. “But it’s just that, in today’s climate, does this look really, really bad?”
Because the Lost Boys won’t and can’t grow up. “We’re in these preteen boy bodies forever!” one boy exclaims.
“I just don’t want anyone to misinterpret my motives here,” Hook explains. “I just think boys are fun, they have youthful energy, and they’re up for anything.”
“Yeah, like in a harmless Michael Jackson way,” the boy adds.
Oof. So what will these Lost Boys ultimately tell other people about their time spent with Captain Hook?
“I don’t know. Just that we hang around in dirty pajamas and party with older guys with earrings?”
“Yeah, kind of like a Bryan Singer pool party vibe.”
Kate McKinnon really drives the point home when she drops in as Peter. “All I know is it’s time for one of our special sword fights,” Peter warns Hook. “I know mine is smaller than yours, but I’ll still stick it in you!”
For what it’s worth, that’s when Hook follows his not-so-loyal crew in literally jumping ship.
Renewed discussion about sexual predators in Hollywood has increased scrutiny of Singer, who has been repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct. Multiple cases alleging that the out director sexually harassed or assaulted minors have been dismissed. The most recent lawsuit claims that Singer raped a 17-year-old boy aboard a yacht in 2003.
Singer was fired as director of the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody following complaints of on-set fights and extended absences.
Watch the SNL sketch below.