Kerry Washington Helps SNL Skewer Its Lack of Diversity

But is self-deprecating humor really enough?

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Ever since Saturday Night Live announced that six of this season’s new cast members were white men, the show’s lack of diversity — in particular, its lack of a black female cast member — has sparked an ongoing firestorm. Last night, with the help of the episode’s host, Kerry Washington, the show was quick to address this issue in its first sketch. The Scandal star was forced to play Michelle Obama and Oprah and even Beyoncé all at once. (Meanwhile, there were six people to play Matthew McConaughey.)

Bonus: Rev. Al Sharpton made a cameo, because why not? “What have we learned from this sketch?” he asked. “As usual, nothing.” And with that, the episode was underway.

So, diversity problem addressed, but is humor really enough here?

7 comments
IraMadisonIII
IraMadisonIII

Is... this an article? (Notice how I also ended my comment with a question that you'd assume I'd be answering)

TG28
TG28

Isn't it racist to hire someone based solely on skin color ?

goblue562
goblue562

Exactly why is it that every show HAS to have a black woman on it?  Or a member of the LGBT community.. or Hispanic.. or...  whatever.   Was there a black woman who wanted to be on the show that was funny enough?  Or were the 6 white guys funnier than her?   It's time that we start hiring people based on their qualifications again, rather than just because they're a certain color or gender.   If someone is passed over that's BETTER QUALIFIED just because they're not a white man, then yeah, you have a point.  But if the white man is BETTER QUALIFIED, then hire him.  Stop giving people a free ride just because they're a certain color, religion or belief.

therantguy
therantguy

Do we really want to live in a world in which any organization of more than 10 people has to have a check box system for hiring? We need one black woman, one Asian man etc..etc... SNL has featured a rainbow of performers over thirty years, maybe this year the funniest people to apply to be on the cast were white men...I find it impossible to believe that Lorne Michaels and his team (with their track record on diversity) actively set out to hire just white men...

JohnWhitehurst
JohnWhitehurst

WHen does the Liberal PC and attempts at control stop. Bill Cosby show diversity? Some of you need to get  a brain or your own program would be best if you can find some one to give it to YOU? John  Stewart you are next need more Diversity. Washington Knows best one can tell by the condition of the Country. Me thinks we  keep our nose out of other peoples business period unless it effects you personally grow UP..ö