In a shocking display of propaganda reminiscent of the Soviet Union, “Saturday Night Live” stars are rallying around documented sex criminal Al Franken.
Saying they “feel compelled to stand up for Al Franken,” 36 women affiliated with “Saturday Night Live” during the now-senator’s 20 years on the show have signed a letter countering sexual harassment allegations recently leveled against the Minnesota Democrat.
Signatories included original “SNL” cast members Laraine Newman and Jane Curtin, along with 34 women who worked on the show behind the scenes between 1975 and the present. Franken was a writer and performer on the NBC sketch comedy show primarily from 1975 to 1995.
Curtin told the New York Times on Friday that she was surprised by broadcaster Leeann Tweeden’s allegations against Franken. Curtin and Franken worked together on “SNL” from 1975 to 1980 and have remained friends.
Tweeden said last week that Franken forcibly kissed her and then groped her while she was asleep during a 2006 USO tour, before he was elected to the Senate in 2009. A second woman, Lindsay Menz, alleged Monday that he grabbed her butt during a photo opportunity at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.
The stars didn’t feel as compelled to support Tweeden or Menz.