During the show's latest episode, the cold open featured none other than beloved actor Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame portraying the 2020 presidential race's lone Latino candidate. Miranda's guest appearance, complete with Castro's signature hand gestures and facial expressions, was part of a spoof of CNN's campaign town hall on LGBTQ issues, "Equality in America."
"As a Democrat, I want to apologize for not being gay, but I promise to do better in the future," Miranda said. "However, I am Latino, which we can all agree is something."
Miranda's father told Castro's political director Natalie Montelongo that the Hamilton creator would step in to portray the former San Antonio mayor.
Sometimes you get a call on Thursday night that switches up your whole weekend... https://t.co/F6xDwhQ1G5— Evil-Lyn Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) October 14, 2019
"I'm young, I'm diverse, I'm Latinobama," Miranda said as Castro. "Let's get that hashtag going."
If Castro wins, you need to commit to this role for next 5 years— Heather 🦇 (@hav6594) October 13, 2019
Castro obviously took the ribbing well. He referenced Hamilton lyrics in response to Miranda's guest appearance.
Hey yo, I’m just like my country,— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) October 13, 2019
I’m young, scrappy and hungry,
And I’m not throwing away my shot. https://t.co/Sp8KMgc68q
"Hey yo, I'm just like my country, I'm young, scrappy and hungry, And I'm not throwing away my shot," he tweeted.
You just got a gift from SNL, having LMM portray you. Tons of young voters know who you are now!— Ellyn Coate (@ekharley) October 13, 2019
Castro wasn't alone. Lots of folks on social media applauded SNL for not only including the Latino candidate but also tapping Miranda for the role.
I hope people noticed the impact @Lin_Manuel had on SNL last night when he entered. He was playing @JulianCastro but the audience was excited to see LIN as him. My point? When representation happens, we get to see the love/support a Latino can get from EVERYONE, not just Latinos.— Cristela Alonzo (@cristela9) October 13, 2019
Having Lin Manuel play him on #SNL is the best thing that’s happened to Julian Castro’s campaign.— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) October 13, 2019
watch the skit online.
Not only did SNL remember Julian Castro this week they got LIN MANUEL MIRANDA 👏👏👏👏👏— Rebecca Eisenberg (@ryeisenberg) October 13, 2019
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