You may have noticed that since the 39th season of Saturday Night Live debuted two weeks ago – with six new cast members – there’s been some scuttlebutt over the lack of black women castmembers. Of the new hires, only one is a lady and all of them are white. Addressing said scuttlebutt, veteran SNL castmember Kenan Thompson said, “It’s just a tough part of the business. Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.”
Jay Pharoah, who’s in his fourth season on SNL, was a bit less diplomatic. “They need to pay attention,” he said about SNL brass. He even said SNL should cast Darmirra Brunson, who is currently on Tyler Perry’s series Love Thy Neighbor on the OWN network. “Why do I think she should be on the show? Because she’s black first of all, and she’s really talented. She’s amazing. She needs to be on SNL. I said it. And I believe they need to follow up with it like they said they were going to do last year.”
And then there’s W. Kamau Bell’s take on the issue, which he addressed on Totally Biased this week.
My question is this: On Nov. 2, Scandal actress Kerry Washington is hosting Saturday Night Live. She’s black. Will the writers address the race controversy during that episode? What do you think about the whole situation? Tell us in the comments section.