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“SNL” Pokes Fun at Nonbinary Pronoun “They” in Merriam-Webster

Sometimes the best joke is not making one.

Well, that could’ve been worse.

Saturday Night Live continued its 45th season last night (hey, Lizzo!) with its festive final episode of 2019. During the “Weekend Update” segment, fake news anchor Michael Che couldn’t pass up the opportunity to note that nonbinary pronoun “they” had been recently named Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s Word of the Year.

“Merriam-Webster announced the gender-neutral pronoun ’they’ is its word of the year,” Che said, no doubt causing LGBTQ viewers to clench. “As in, they don’t want me to make a joke about this.” Good call, Che!

No stranger to off-color humor, Che came under fire in October for a transphobic joke in which he deadnamed Caitlyn Jenner. The controversial comedian also raised eyebrows last year by defending Kevin Hart’s homophobia. Is a nonbinary non-joke progress?

Che and co-anchor Colin Jost delivered other jokes last night about Jason Derulo’s Cats bulge, the gay kiss in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and the Popeyes chicken sandwich. Maybe they read NewNowNext for inspiration?

Merriam-Webster now defines “they” as “used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary,” among other definitions.

The popular English language dictionary officially added the singular “they” to its website in September, just months after adding new entries for trans-inclusive terms “gender non-conforming,” “top surgery,” and “bottom surgery.”

Watch SNL’s naughty holiday joke swap below.
 


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