‘SNL’ Mocks Ted Cruz’s ‘New York Values' Attack as 'Anti-Seinfeld' by the Forward

‘SNL’ Mocks Ted Cruz’s ‘New York Values' Attack as 'Anti-Seinfeld'

(JTA) After the latest Republican presidential debate, there was speculation in media that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s jibes about “New York values” had sinister undertones.

Cruz’s broadside against the city may have been aimed at his rival and New York City native Donald Trump, but his invocation of values that “are socially liberal, pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage and focus on money and the media” led more than one commentator to wonder whether he was really talking about a certain ethnic group.

On this week’s Saturday Night Live cold open, Taran Killam, playing Cruz at the debate, goes there.

“Instead of celebrating Christmas, New Yorkers celebrate a pagan holiday called Festivus” Killam says. “In New York, people don’t say hi to their neighbors, they say, ‘Hello Newman.’”

Kyle Mooney, playing Fox Business Channel debate moderator Neil Cavuto catches on, identifying tropes originating 20 years ago on “Seinfeld.”

“It sounds like you’re describing the TV show ‘Seinfeld.’ Is that what you mean by liberal values?’ he says.

Killam’s Cruz then cops to the real target of his rhetoric. Without giving it away, he mentions a group of people who are well-represented in New York and closely associated with “Seinfeld” in the American imagination. OK, one more hint: The plural term for them rhymes with Trump’s least favorite verb: “lose.”


‘SNL’ Mocks Ted Cruz’s ‘New York Values' Attack as 'Anti-Seinfeld'

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

‘SNL’ Mocks Ted Cruz’s ‘New York Values' Attack as 'Anti-Seinfeld'

Thank you!

This article has been sent!