Lots of people are crying out that this past week’s SNL skit featuring “Kim Kardashian and Kanye West,” which spoofed the Trayvon Martin case, was completely out of line and cried that it stunk of racism. Naturally, I’m a headline follower, so when I heard that some sites were picking up the racism card and running with it, I thought, “OK, let’s really examine this for a second.” So I watched the clip, and got almost four-and-a-half minutes into before I saw exactly what they were talking about, and even then I kind of questioned it.
Around the 4:45 mark, “Kanye” is asked whose side he’s on, that of Trayvon Martin, or that of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch dude who was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Kanye said that he felt for Trayvon Martin’s family, and said that it was probably due to the “black man inside of him.” “Kim” then agreed, saying that she, too, knows what it’s like to have a black man inside of her. People were split, half saying that it was inappropriate to even spoof the Martin case, the other half saying that the black references done by the castmembers portraying Kanye and Kim were far worse.
From The Clicker:
Saturday Night Live” took jabs at Piers Morgan, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and “Game of Thrones” Saturday night, but it was cast member Jay Pharaoh rather than host Josh Brolin who earned the most buzz. In a controversial skit, cast member Taran Killam reprised his role as news commentator Morgan, and discussed the controversial Trayvon Martin case with a slew of famous figures, including Ozzie Guillen (played by Brolin), West (played by Pharoah), and Kim Kardashian, played by Nasim Pedrad. “I feel for (Martin),” West said. “Maybe it’s just the black man in me.”
Replied Kardashian, “I also know what it feels like to have a black man in me.”
The sketch had viewers torn. Many posted angry remarks saying tackling the Martin case crossed the line. Others enjoyed the spoof of West and Kardashian, as well as the take on over-sensationalized media.
But I don’t know. I’m not sure I’m seeing the malicious undertones that some claim they’re seeing. It’s SNL—this is what they do. Also, SNL hasn’t been good in ages, so why is anyone surprised that people are all pissed off? And who are these people, anyway? I don’t think I know anyone who even watches this show on the regular anymore as it were.
Call me obtuse, but it’s just another dumb skit in a long line of dumb skits courtesy of Saturday Night Live. It’s not going to change the world, and if anything, it’s going to only make dumb people (like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West) look dumber, and is that worth getting upset over?
April 16, 2012 at 10:30 am by Sarah
According to the New York Daily News, Lindsay Lohan is “in talks” with NBC’s Saturday Night Live to negotiate hosting duties for a December show — namely, December 4th. However, the show’s spokespeople are naturally remaining mum on any developments, stating “We never comment on upcoming hosts until they’re announced.” Old hat.
But come on. Who wouldn’t want Lindsay on their show at this point in her career? Though her last few pre-jail movies had fledgling (OK, practically non-existent) ratings, and a lot of production companies wanted nothing to do with her because she was too difficult to insure, networks would be crazy not to hop on the Lindsay train right now. Everybody wants some. Everyone wants to know what she’s doing, wants to see her on live television, and is nuts to hear about the fallen star’s future plans. Plus, she’s a redhead again –and you just know this means that she’s serious about her career once more.
I’m making a solid bet that Lindsay’s going to be on SNL — if not on December 4th, then even sooner.
September 15, 2010 at 6:31 am by Sarah
Late last week I was talking up how well I thought Gabourey Sidibe’s turn at hosting SNL would go, but uh… She was just alright. This Digital Short (consistently one of the high points of the show) Cherry Battle was pretty funny, but Gabby still messed up a few of her lines. Actually, that was consistently her problem on the show. Good improvisational skills are important when you’re hosting the most fast-paced sketch show in the game.
Next up over at Saturday Night Live is Betty White with musical guest Jay-Z. There’s no question that that will make up for all this mess.
April 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm by Molls
Two SNL cast members that I’ve never even heard of– Michaela Watkins and Casey Wilson– were let go this weekend when the show hired two new cast members– Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad– who I’ve also never heard of.
You might know Watkins for the above character, bitchpleeze.com blogger Angie Tempura, who I’ve seen in a few Youtube clips, and even posted here once for a little self-depricating goodness. I don’t know what Wilson is responsible for, since I haven’t watched SNL in years and only know of any of anything that comes out of it from videos that go viral.
The decision to let the two go came “suddenly,” and left Watkins a little taken aback, but not exactly angry:
I don’t think anyone knows what Lorne Michaels was thinking. That’s one of the exciting things about him. If he were to vanish the show would just freeze. Not a single thing would be shot because so much hinges on him.
The only explanation I got from him — and he’s not known to say things just to make people feel better — was that he felt deep down that I should have my own show. And I agreed. SNL was a dream come true for me. It was a fantastic year. I don’t have any regrets.
September 5, 2009 at 10:39 am by Kelly
Hawaii Lieutenant Governor James “Duke” Aioni is none too happy with a Saturday Night Live skit that aired this past weekend. He plans to send a letter of protest to SNL executive producer, Lorne Michaels. Aioni states that the sketch, “went too far in its negative depiction of Hawaii’s native people and tourism industry,” and that he wouldn’t let “such distortions go unchecked” when the economy is doing so poorly. And he’s not the only one upset about this.
The states tourism liason which is seriously the most made up job ever, said, “Anything that pokes fun, or puts us in a bad light, our culture, the (Native) Hawaiian culture, that affects all of us. It’s distasteful, in my opinion. I find it very offensive.”
The clip features wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and SNL regular Fred Armisen portraying employees at a Hawaiian restaurant. They complain about wages, hula skirts and, predictably, leis.
What does this story teach us? We should eliminate all humor from our lives and make fun of no person, culture, state, or poi. Oh, and you know what offends me? Just how bad SNL really is.
March 12, 2009 at 10:19 am by Wendie
Neil Patrick Harris hosted SNL last night with Taylor Swift as the musical guest. They both did a great job in this skit, based on the material that they had to work with.