As the host of this week's SNL, Cumberbatch led the goodnights with the cast and musical guests, Arcade Fire, on stage.
However, the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness star took a quiet stand against the ongoing political controversy surrounding the leaked Supreme Court decision draft that threatens to overturn Roe V. Wade and put women's abortion and reproductive rights at risk.
Cumberbatch and cast members Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Chris Redd and Cecily Strong all rocked white T-shirts with 1973 written across the front in blue and red. The number is significant as the year of the Roe v. Wade decision, which was passed down on Jan. 22, 1973.
Many fans took notice and took to Twitter to share their support for the protest statement.
Benedict Cumberbatch did absolutely amazing tonight hosting again. He killed it with every skit. Hope to see him host again another time🙌🏽👏🏽❤️#SNLpic.twitter.com/fVt7Hpfq69
— 𝙶𝚒𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚎✨✖️✖️🖤//MS. MARVEL ERA⚡️ (@giselleb1234) May 8, 2022
Benedict Cumberbatch & some SNL cast members wearing shirts with the year 1973 on them which is when Roe v. Wade was made law pic.twitter.com/ojnEyqoTyP
Cumberbatch also appeared in the episode's "Cold Open" sketch -- which is rare for the night's host to be a part of -- mocking Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's draft decision which cites 13th century English law as part of its reasoning.
The sketch was set in 1200s England -- a time when educated women were seen as witches and apparently when doors hadn't yet been invented -- as Cumberbatch and some other male lawmakers used outdated logic and bad science to invent laws that would then influence politics almost 1000 years later.