This week, the producers of Saturday Night Live have come under fire for the lack of diversity on the show and they decided, in typical fashion, to address that directly. With actress and star of Scandal Kerry Washington playing the various roles of Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Beyonce, a disclaimer rolled across the screen apologizing to her for having too few black cast members and for her having to play every African American woman.
he sketch ended with the real Al Sharpton. He asked: "What have we learned from this sketch? As usual, nothing."
It was pure genius and a really funny way to deal with the criticism. But was it offensive?
Earlier this week, SNL creator Lorne Michaels addressed the controversy more head-on with this:
It's not like it's not a priority for us. It will happen. I'm sure it will happen.
Critics complained (and rightly so) that the lack of diversity limits what the show can satirize and hurts the overall experience of watching it. But as usual, the show was able to take these very valid and real complaints and make us laugh. They are brilliant that way.
Washington perfectly walked the line while the show acknowledged the truth behind what the critics are complaining about. It was funny as hell, especially when the multiple Matthew McConaugheys walked in because, duh, there ARE plenty of generically attractive white men to go around.
Still, I think the show nailed the issue and dealt with it perfectly. Bravo!
Did you think this skit was offensive?