You've probably heard the Supreme Court referred to as an "old boys' club," but did you know about the blanket forts, secret passwords and the stash of Playboy magazines? Probably not.
Posted on July 24, the new Funny Or Die sketch "Supreme Court: No Girls Allowed" parodies what went on behind the scenes of the Hobby Lobby decision, which states that certain corporations are not required to provide contraception coverage for their employees.
Instead of sitting around a table and discussing the issue like adults, the spoof begins with the male justices in a fort on the floor, deciding the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case with two battling action figures. Justice Antonin Scalia allows the "angry feminist who wants consequence-free sex!" figurine to fall to the Hobby Lobby transformer. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayer and Elena Kagan need a secret password (Basketball69) to enter the make-shift quarters. "Maybe we should let them in," concedes Justice Stephen Breyer, "sometime they make good points." He is then dutifully mocked by his peers: "Effin' Breyer," says a (vaguely) satirical Scalia.
Martha Plimpton plays the Notorious RBG perfectly as she repeatedly tells the male justices, "It is illegal to form a government-funded organization that excludes women!" Preach.
While the justices are most likely not so juvenile in real life, the sketch brings some much-needed comedic relief to an otherwise unfortunate truth: The Supreme Court is still very much an old boys' club.
The full transcript of the video is available here.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article referred to Justice Antonin Scalia as Justice Antonin Alito. It has been corrected to reflect the accurate name.
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