What did you think of Kerry Washington’s opening sketch on Saturday Night Live? We saw the Scandal star breathlessly changing character from one prominent black woman to another, from the First Lady Michelle Obama to Oprah Winfrey. While Washington was changing wardrobe, text scrolled on the screen addressing the fact that there is no current SNL female black cast member. Though the sketch’s execution could be described as too on-the-nose, one current cast member believes it was appropriate:
“I just think it was important for us to acknowledge it, pretty much,” Bobby Moynihan told E! News on Sunday.
Fellow cast member Kenan Thompson has sounded off in the past telling TV Guide that the reason for the scarcity of black women on the cast is: “It’s just a tough part of the business. Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.”
But could SNL have done more than merely addressing the show’s diversity issue?
Here’s the full disclaimer text that appeared in the opener:
“The producers of 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 talent and also because SNL does not currently have a black woman in the cast. As for the latter reason, we agree 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.”