Earlier this week Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson went under fire for his misconstrued comments about SNL’s lack of Black female comedians. To date, SNL has cast only four black female comedians, including Maya Rudolph, who left the show in 2007.
“It’s just a tough part of the business. Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready,” Thompson told TV Guide in article published on Monday.
This comment sent the twittersphere into an uproar. Comedian Aisha Tyler even chimed in calling Kenan “dumb” for his comments.
SNL added six new cast members this year, who are all white. The show currently has two male black members, Thompson and Jay Pharoah, and an Iranian-American comedian, Nasim Pedrad, who joined in 2009.
Amid controversy over the lack of diversity on Saturday Night Live, NBC has revealed Kerry Washington will host the show’s Nov. 2 episode.
Hopefully this controversy will inspire the executives at Saturday Night Live need to take a more active role in casting actors that reflect our increasingly diverse world.
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