Saturday Night Live has always taken great care to strike the right tone after tragedy, and this week’s episode managed to delicately address a terrible week on multiple levels, but with a single, thoughtful stroke.
Instead of a cold open mocking the Donald Trump administration — breaking what must have been some kind of record streak — the first face we saw was that of country singer Jason Aldean, about to make his first public performance since leaving the stage last Sunday as the shooting rampage in Las Vegas began last Sunday night.
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The New Yorker‘s cover in response to the tragic Las Vegas shooting shines a heartbreakingly candid light on the problematic gun culture in America.
The David Plunkert cover, titled, “October 1, 2017: One Day in a Nation of Guns,” honors the 58 victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, which injured 527 others. Plunkert displayed each of the victim’s names on different-sized bullets, scattered across a red background.
Plunket tweeted an image of the cover on Friday, announcing it was his second for the magazine. He also gave his condolences to the people of Las Vegas. Read more…
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