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04/19/2007


Group Criticizes SNL For Lack Of Black Female Cast Members

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:

Kerry_Washington-Scandal(1)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.

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SNL's Version Of A Boy Dance Party: Video

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Last night's episode of Saturday Night Live (hosted by Bruce Willis) featured skits that mashed Gravity with the government shutdown and provided a look into what a boy dance party might look like (hint - it involves twerking).

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Musical guest Katy Perry showed up with her band of animals to perform a lively theatrical version of "Roar." 

Watch all three clips, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Miley Cyrus Plays Michele Bachmann in SNL Government Shutdown Skit: VIDEO

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In Saturday Night Live's cold open last night, Miley Cyrus from the past (left) came to warn present day Miley Cyrus that her MTV VMAs performance was going to cause the U.S. government to shut down.

But the shutdown jokes did not stop there.

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In a subsequent skit, Cyrus and the SNL cast spoofed her hit video "We Can't Stop" with a Republican party version called "We Did Stop (The Government)" and Cyrus took on the role of an out-of-control Michele Bachmann, partying with House Speaker John Boehner.

Watch both clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tina Fey Introduces New SNL Crew, Mocks 'Girls', Obamacare Debate: VIDEO

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Tina Fey introduced six new cast members last night and Tina Fey put them through a gold lamé hotpant dance hazing ritual, noting that it would be good training for the frequent requirement that they serve as back-up dancers for celebrity guests.

The show also featured a spoof of Lena Dunham's HBO series Girls (with Fey appearing as a new character) and a spoof of the Obamacare debate.

Watch those three clips, AFTER THE JUMP......

What did everyone think of the new players?

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Anderson Cooper At The Altar In SNL Skit: Video

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Last night's season finale of Saturday Night Live was full of several funny gay-themed skits. There was one promoting New Xanax, which relieves the stress of attending spectacular gay summer weddings, and another in which Ben Affleck's "ex-gay" character tries to pray the gay away. He doesn't.

SNL also included a grand farewell for Bill Hader and his character Stefon, who is seen about to marry Anderson Cooper.

Watch two of the three (the Ben Affleck clip can be found here), AFTER THE JUMP.

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