Larry David and Bernie Sanders got all the attention on the weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live, but it wasn’t complete without a Barbie from Baltimore. On Weekend Update, Kate McKinnon played “Sturdy Barbie,” who didn’t quite make the cut when Mattel rebooted the age-old doll collection.
As the Baltimore Sun pointed out, there was some initial confusion about whether the accent was imported from Baltimore, but Sturdy Barbie’s occupation at “Baltimore International Airport” gave it away. In terms of authenticity, this rendition of “back-vowel fronting” falls somewhere between Kathy Bates and Tom Hardy.
The reviews showed that McKinnon and the script itself were more convincing. AV Club’s Dennis Perkins wrote that the character’s “broad Baltimore accent and low but sustainable dreams, in McKinnon’s earthy delivery, is a role model little girls could do a lot worse than aspire to.” Plus she can move a couch.
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