Monday, November 4, 2013

Saturday Night Live Welcomes Kerry Washington and Jokes How It Prefers White Guys

Saturday Night Live (SNL) is not funny. Let’s just start out with that.

It’s boring. And juvenile. And did I mention it wasn’t funny?

I don’t see how it makes any money being as boring and juvenile and not funny as it is. I can only imagine the reason people keep watching it is because they think they’re supposed to. And even then, they can probably only handle this stipulation of their liberal-led lives by playing with their iPads or taking naps while they watch the tired antics, lame skits and lamer punch-lines.

It doesn’t matter how many celebrities SNL brings on the stage. It’s still lame. Kerry Washington might be very talented and very pretty, but she still can’t save SNL.

For anyone wondering how I know she was on the show, I blame Hulu, which said she addressed some racial issues. She did, I guess, but they were overwhelmed by SNL’s typical snooze-factor.

The skit features the Oval Office with SNL’s cast choice for President Obama, who looks very little like our fearless leader but does do a decent impersonation. I’ll give him that, at least.

He’s conversing with a press secretary, who admits that the last week hasn’t been Obama’s best. (Incidentally, no one in the audience laughs.) “But,” he continues, “on the plus side, you have a state dinner tonight and all of your biggest supporters are going to be here.”

In walks Kerry Washington playing Michelle Obama. (Again, not the best casting since Kerry Washington is gorgeous. But that’s beside the point…)

After an interaction between the President and First Lady that’s clearly meant more as propaganda than for laughs, the press secretary announces that Oprah Winfrey has arrived, and awkwardly asks Washington, “Don’t you think you should go get changed?”

She leaves the room with a forced smile, and SNL runs the following message:

“The producers at ‘Saturday Night Live’ would like to apologize to Kerry Washington for the number of black women she will be asked to play tonight. We made these requests both because Ms. Washington is an actress of considerable range and talent and also because ‘SNL’ does not currently have a black woman in the cast.

“As for the latter reason, we agree that this is not an ideal situation and look forward to rectifying it in the near future… unless, of course, we fall in love with another white guy first.”

Sorry. I forgot to laugh. For a few reasons.

Number 1) SNL does that to white guys all the time, so it’s actually racist singling Kerry out like that. Number 2) It really doesn’t hire black women. What’s up with that? And Number 3) SNL really just isn’t funny.

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