Perhaps more than any other year, the 2014 installment of Coachella proved that the festival is no longer the beloved indie gathering it once was. Between the “bullshit VIP vibe”, celebrities getting paid to attend, and Justin Bieber (?!) serving as hype man (?!?!) for Chance the Rapper, the festival has clearly done a quadruple backflip over an entire Olympic swimming pool of sharks. Now, here’s even more proof this ain’t your older brother’s festival: SNL has spoofed spring’s third most powerful festival.
During Saturday’s cold open, Paul Ryan (Taran Killam) and Jeb Bush (Beck Bennett) hit the Coachella stage prior to OutKast’s dazzling reunion performance. Rocking sleeveless dress shirts, the pair were introducing attendees to the “new face of the Republican party”, proving their street cred by peppering in euphimisms like “basic bitches” and “ratchet”. They even offered a few policy changes sure to appeal to the Coachella generation, namely jobs and marriage equality. Well, kind of. “A lot of you are probably in favor of gay marriage, right? Well you’re in luck, because the new GOP is not gonna talk about it as much.”
Coachella, you may have officially arrived. Godspeed and good luck.