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?