After stealing the show at the Hofstra University gubernatorial debate a week ago, Jimmy McMillan became an instant celebrity. But forget the flood of newspaper articles and national TV interviews that followed. The real indication of his newfound prominence was getting parodied on SNL during “Weekend Update” on Saturday night.
Was McMillan insulted? Far from it. It doesn’t escape him that SNL was mocking him, albeit it lightheartedly and perhaps adoringly. (Sample line: “People got 7 jobs, they’re working 36 hours a day, 12 days a week, and they can’t afford a roof!”) But he doesn’t mind. In fact, he’s ebullient.
The publicity from SNL is so huge, in fact, that it’s basically sealed his victory. “Election over. Jimmy gonna win it,” he tells us. “That put me over the top. It’s over. This election is over.”