SNL on Billie Jean King leading the US Olympic delegation to Russia

Saturday Night Live took on the news this week that tennis legend Billie Jean King will be leading the US delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

King is openly-gay.  And most observers believe that her addition to the delegation, in addition to two other openly former Olympians, is meant as a swipe at Russia’s draconian crackdown on human rights, including gay and trans rights.


Here’s a bit of the sketch, video below:

I’m President Obama’s big gay middle finger, and this bird’s about to get flipped.

BJK’s about to double-down. And Putin’s gonna find himself in the epicenter of a gay tornado. I’m gonna drive my Subaru outback into Red Square, doing donuts, and blasting Melissa Etheridge….

There is no demographic in this world that gives less of a flip than 70 year old lesbians.

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  • Sweetie

    weaksauce as lubricant for money

  • Sweetie

    A boycott would be something impressive, not participation. Last time I checked there are countries like Iceland and Canada that could host winter games without a unanimous decree to criminalize homosexuality.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Well, from what I know about her, her partner will be another woman.

  • MyrddinWilt

    Really, she does the double louge? cool.

    Who is her partner going to be?

  • dula

    Brian Boitano came out officially the day after it was announced he is part of the Olympic delegation. Both Brian and BJK are courageous for agreeing to be a statement against bigotry in Russia. Hopefully, douchebags like Putin won’t feel they have to save face somehow.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    It’s actress Kate McKinnon.

  • mirror

    “…that mole rat Putin…” Oh, I really cracked up with this bit. Would love to hear what BJK thought about it.

  • MyrddinWilt

    I think it is a member of the SNL cast impersonating BJK rather than BJK herself.

    She is right about the mens double louge though, most homoerotic event in sport.

  • tallerdave

    Can you imagine if the guy from Duck Dynasty had made these same comments?

  • Indigo

    She’s a winner!

  • What would Bobby Riggs do? or say?

  • There is no demographic in this world that gives less of a flip than 70 year-old lesbians.

    That’s so true, and that’s why I love ’em so :)

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