February 29, 2008

Obama sensitivity reaches the "ridiculous" stage

Barack Obama ... played by a white comedian?? OH NO!!

"Obama's candidacy gives us solid proof of the progress that African-Americans have made in this country. I guess SNL still has further to go on that front."

"Casting a black actor wouldn't have guaranteed the quality of the sketch, but it would have made the whole thing a lot less shoddy. Let's get one thing straight. The moment anyone starts reaching for 'blackface,' they are on extremely dodgy territory. Anyone who thinks it's either necessary or, for that matter, remotely funny to black-up needs to have the gauge on their moral compass reset." (Link.)

Then there's the obligatory "outraged" black professor:

Todd Boyd, a professor of critical studies at the University of Southern California, says viewers might have a different reaction if the roles were reversed. What if, he says, SNL had cast a black woman to portray Hillary Clinton? "Do you think there's ever going to be a day when we start casting Queen Latifah to portray Princess Diana?" he asks. "We just don't have the same representations going in other direction."

This stuff is just too rich. It's f***ing COMEDY, people! (It may not be very good comedy, but ...) Ye gods, if this is the sensitivity level regarding Barack Obama, the McCain campaign is going to have to walk on eggs. Then again, he may not -- because clear-thinking normal people who don't have too much time on their hands will recognize that folks like professor Boyd are idiots.

(By the way, anyone who hasn't seen the classic Eddie Murphy SNL skit where he dresses up as a white man for a day doesn't know what they're missing. It is by far one of THE funniest SNL moments in the history of the show! "I watched LOTS of 'Dynasty' ... look at how they walk ... their butts are tight, real tight ...")

Posted by Hube at February 29, 2008 11:00 AM | TrackBack

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Armisen is part Venezuelan and part Japanese, according to his wikipedia page. Also he played an Arab-looking character on 30 Rock earlier this season named Raheem who Tina Fey's character thought was a terrorist. Someone alert CAIR!

Posted by: Jon at February 29, 2008 02:47 PM

"...and I read a whole bunch of Hallmark cards...."

Posted by: Chanman at February 29, 2008 03:29 PM

"What are you doing?"

"Buying this newspaper!"

"Go ahead -- take it! Go ahead!"

Posted by: Hube at February 29, 2008 06:52 PM