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The Women of SNL Write Letter in Support of Senator Al Franken

Vulture.com logo Vulture.com 11/21/2017 Lisa Ryan
Al Franken wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Vulture

Less than a week after two women came forward to accuse Senator Al Franken of sexual harassment, the women staffers of Saturday Night Live signed a letter in support of the former-cast-member-turned-politician.

Signed by 36 former SNL production assistants, writers, and other female staffers, the letter begins, “We feel compelled to stand up for Al Franken, whom we have all had the pleasure of working with over the years.” It goes on to say that what Franken did was “stupid and foolish” and that “it was appropriate for him to apologize.” However, the letter continues:

"In our experience, we know Al as a devoted and dedicated family man, a wonderful comedic partner, and an honorable public servant. This is why we are moved to quickly and directly affirm that after years of working with him, we would like to acknowledge that not one of us ever experienced any inappropriate behavior; and mention our sincere appreciation that he treated each of us with the utmost respect and regard."

The SNL women’s letter has already received backlash on Twitter, with many people pointing out that the fact Franken didn’t sexually harass those women doesn’t mean he didn’t sexually harass others (especially when, in the instance of Tweeden, there’s an actual picture of him inappropriately touching her chest as she slept). Others have also compared the letter to Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s recent statement in defense of Girls writer Murray Miller, who was accused of rape.

Related video: Al Franken faces second allegation of sexual misconduct (Provided by TODAY):

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