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'SNL' Beautifully Honors School Shooting Victims With Children's Choir Singing 'Silent Night' (VIDEO)

by Lindsay Mannering on December 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM

snl silent nightLast night, Saturday Night Live paid tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut through song. The venerable comedy show put parody, laughter, and host Martin Short to the side for a little under two minutes and opened the show with the New York City children's choir, dressed in red robes, singing "Silent Night." At the end of the classic Christmas song, the children looked into the camera and screamed, "Live from New York, it's Saturday night!" and the show, as they say, went on.

It was beautiful. It was elegant, it was tasteful, it was understated, it was meaningful, it was perfect. And it wasn't something you'd expect from a show known for taking the piss out of everything.

Why it may not be a their place, or responsibility, to acknowledge a tragedy like the Sandy Hook shooting, I found SNL's tribute not only wonderfully and emotionally appropriate, but pertinent, and necessary.

SNL, whether they intended to or not, brought the focus of that horrifying Friday morning in Newtown back to the children. Listening to those young girls and boys reminded everyone that there are 20 children dead who had similar round cheeks, innocent eyes, who wore glittery red headbands and Spider-Man underwear, who won't get to sing that song this season.

With all the news about suspected shooter Adam Lanza, about the guns he used, about his alleged mental heath issues, Saturday Night Live pushed all that inadvertent aggrandizing aside and nudged the children into the forefront. For at least two minutes, SNL changed the conversation. And for that, I'm grateful.

Sleep in heavenly peace.


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  • kelti...


    December 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM
    Bawling like a baby. Good job SNL.
  • jalaz77


    December 16, 2012 at 11:57 AM
    Haven't watched it yet but pretty sure I will be teary eyed. I still can't get over this tragedy. I refuse to remember the name of the shooter but focus on the ages of the young kids who died and the heroic staff at the school who put their lives first, some lived to tell and some didn't. This will be sad for years to come but it's so nice SNL took that moment.
  • PRIMA487


    December 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM
    It was very poignant,so touching. That last verse;Sleep in Heavenly Peace. Truly brought tears to my eyes.
  • onefo...


    December 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    lovely. just lovely

  • jessi...


    December 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM


  • Karisa
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    December 16, 2012 at 7:41 PM
    God bless SNL for this.....and thank you. Truly amazing of them.
  • Charles
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    December 16, 2012 at 9:30 PM
    For once in my life, a segment of SNL I can be proud to watch. Nicely done, nicely conducted, and a cold opening to the show is as rare as hen's teeth. Good call.
  • singl...


    December 16, 2012 at 11:01 PM
    It a touching and perfect opening.
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    Adrienne Gowan

    December 16, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    First SNL  I could l not sit through. So simple, and yet so powerful. The perfect way to pay tribute.

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    Jamie Lechner

    December 17, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    It was beautiful.... that's really all I can say. It was what we all need to see, innocence unmarred.

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