Scandal's Kerry Washington hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time last night (November 2) and the very first sketch put her to work as Michelle Obama ... then Oprah ... then Beyonce.
In intentionally awkward moments, Jay Pharoah (playing Obama) and Taran Killam (press secretary) broke character to whisper that Kerry should go backstage and change to play her next character, since SNL doesn't have any black women in the cast — and Kenan Thompson, the only other black male comedian, besides Jay — didn’t want to play the women.
As Kerry changed, a screen crawl read this 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 idea situation and look forward to rectifying it in the near future...unless, of course, we fall in love with another white guy first."
At least they're acknowledging it! But that's not really enough. Seriously, are they ever going to fall in love with a black female actress/comedian? It's not like there aren't any out there.
The sketch ended with six (fake) white Matthew McConaugheys and the real Rev. Al Sharpton coming out to remind everyone that, as usual, we just learned nothing. And it’s most likely that nothing will change. Funny anyway?