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The skit aired just hours after the real Santos responded to reports that he was a drag performer when he lived in Brazil. reporters caught up with him at La Guardia Airport in New York, and he told them, “I wasn’t a drag queen in Brazil. I was young and having fun at a festival.
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This non-denial denial was pretty much the theme of the SNL opener, set up as a Fox NFL Sunday segment with Santos, played by Bowen Yang, as one of the correspondents.
When the Fox NFL hosts on Sunday cut Santos, bringing home some ground, he told them, “I’m kind of the real Bo Jackson, and I’m proud to be the first African-American quarterback to dunk a soccer ball.”
After making many more claims about his greatness in football, Santos is then called up. One of the entertainers wondered if he played football.
“Well, I didn’t do drag in Brazil,” he replied. “I didn’t do drag in Brazil under the name Kitara Ravache! Whoever did this was very, very good at it and won many, many competitions.
Friday, Politico reported that, despite Santos’ initial denial that he was a “drag queen”, he appeared to have once written that he had performed in drag shows on a Wikipedia page, as well as claims that he had appeared in the emission Hannah Montana.
Then the hosts cut themselves off. But moments later, as Fox NFL Sunday host Howie Long (Mikey Day) tried to go see another correspondent on the ground, Kitara Ravache intervened.
When the hosts objected, Santos told them, “I’m not George. I am Kitara Ravache!
“Now let me give you my real stats: drops of death, 26. Duck rides, 19. Wigs ripped off, infinity. … And I also got the award for tightest tuck.
The real Santos has been in the spotlight since reports emerged that he lied about key details on his CV. Santos admitted lies about his background, but he refused to resign, even as a number of New York Republicans called on him to step down.
Santos’ real or imagined past suggests a desire to be in the spotlight, something he undoubtedly achieved by being the first tonight SNL.
Look at the sketch above.
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