After being widely criticized for excluding Julián Castro from a debate sketch that included nine other top Democratic hopefuls in its season opener, "Saturday Night Live" got Lin-Manuel Miranda to step in as the Latino presidential candidate.
The "Hamilton" creator performed as Castro in a cameo that spoofed CNN's campaign town hall on LGBTQ issues, "Equality in America."
"As a Democrat. I want to apologize for not being gay," Miranda's Castro says. "But I promise to do better in the future."
He pitched himself as a version of the nation's last successful Democratic candidate for president.
"I'm young, I'm diverse, I'm latinobama," he said. "Let's get that hashtag going."
Two weeks ago, some prominent voices on social media were in no mood for SNL's jokes, as actor Cristela Alonzo and Castro's press secretary, Sawyer Hackett, led the charge against the show for Castro's exclusion.
"Could you not find a Latino actor to play @JulianCastro?" Hackett asked.
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On Saturday, Castro responded favorably to Miranda's portrayal by referencing Miranda's famous "Hamilton" rap.
"Hey yo, I’m just like my country, I’m young, scrappy and hungry, And I’m not throwing away my shot," Castro tweeted.
The show has been criticized over the years for hiring only a handful of Latino repertory players, including current cast member Melissa Villaseñor. On Saturday, "SNL" made up some ground with musical guest Grammy Award-nominated Cuban American Camila Cabello.
The CNN sketch featured another special guest, Woody Harrelson as former Vice President Joe Biden, who is also vying for the Democratic nomination for president.
"The vast majority of people are not homophobic," Biden says, "they’re just scared of gay people."
News segment "Weekend Update" hammered President Donald' Trump's impeachment woes.
Co-host Colin Jost trumpeted a recent Fox News poll that found 51 percent of registered voters are in favor of Trump's impeachment and removal from office.
"You know it's bad," he said, "because Fox News barely talked about their own poll."
He said there's has been so much bad news for Trump that CNN "has to switch to a smaller [chyron] font to fit it all."