Don Cheadle made a quiet but bold statement of
The “House of Lies” star, who was hosting the show, wore a T-shirt that read “Protect Trans Kids” when he introduced musical guest Gary Clark Jr. He didn’t say a word beyond making the introduction but the shirt spoke volumes.
The T-shirt was praised on social media including by transgender activist Janet Mock.
Transphobic TERF culture needs to end.— ＭＵＮＲＯＥ 👑 (@MunroeBergdorf) February 17, 2019
The well-being of trans children depends on it. Thank you @DonCheadle for stepping up on last night's @nbcsnl and showing the world what allyship looks like. pic.twitter.com/rFKjrxRIxg
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 17, 2019
Don Cheadle for ever pic.twitter.com/SnbTxpGrLn— rhea butcher (@RheaButcher) February 17, 2019
Cheadle also made another political statement via his fashion choices at the end of the show. He donned a Russian hockey jersey with the word “Trump” and the number “45,” a reference to Trump’s presidency, written on the back.
Haha Legendary! @DonCheadle wore a Soviet Union CCCP hockey jersey at the end of the #SNL tonight with #Trump on the back of it with number 45 for his presidency! Well done Donny! #DonCheadle #agentorange pic.twitter.com/OVhkSQwdXY— Alex Peers (@dj_themes) February 17, 2019
Cheadle acknowledged the wave of support on social media.
“I awoke to so much support and love,” Cheadle tweeted. “Thank
♥️✌🏿✊🏿 to each and every one of you beautiful tweeps. i awoke to so much support and love!! thank you @nbcsnl for the opportunity to play and pay respect and throw shade in an historic space in an historic time. keep fighting, y'all. evil grows in the dark. 😘— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) February 17, 2019