The nonprofit organization ColorOfChange.org has written an open letter to Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Micheals attacking the producer for the show's lack of African-American female cast members. The Hollywood Reporter received the letter exclusively and published it on their website. According to the article:
Since Maya Rudolph's departure in 2007, SNL has failed to cast even one Black woman -- yet still manages to traffic in dehumanizing portrayals that make race and gender the butt of the joke," reads the letter from ColorOfChange.org executive director Rashad Robinson. "SNL seems committed to aggressively continuing to push images of Black women as incompetent, rude, hypersexual and financially dependent. Frankly, we're tired of this disrespect."
The organization also took a moment to applaud SNL's choice to host tonight's episode: Scandal star Kerry Washington.
That praise was followed up with more criticism from the group: "But it's scandalous that after Ms. Washington's episode wraps on Saturday, this season is unlikely to feature any Black women characters at all."
Read the letter in its entirety, AFTER THE JUMP.
Washington herself was recently interviewed by The Advocate about diversity and how she feels about the support her show has received from the LGBT community. She responded:
For our show in particular, because it represents such diversity on so many levels, sexual orientation included, it means a lot. I always want to be a part of work that speaks to people across the lines that divide us. When fans came up to me, I used to play this game where I'd guess which of my movies they wanted to talk about. It was a totally horrible game based on outward appearances and assumptions about identity. Like, if it was an older black woman, I knew she wanted to talk about Ray. If it was a guy in his 20s, it was Fantastic Four. And if it was a lesbian, it was She Hate Me. But because it has such an amazing following that crosses age, race, gender, and sexual orientation, Scandal has changed the game completely.