Saturday Night Live’s Race Problem

Prachi Gupta, Salon, September 26, 2013

Entering its 39th season this weekend, “Saturday Night Live” has become one of the longest-running television shows in American history. The sketch comedy show, which established itself in the ’70s as edgy and countercultural, continues to thrive in an industry ruled by neurotic executives and fickle audiences, pulling in higher ratings on Saturday nights than any other show on television. But with the recent departures of Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Jason Sudeikis and, in upcoming months, Seth Meyers, the show is going through one of the biggest shakeups in its history, gambling on six new members who will hopefully be able to carry the show forward.

Brooks Whelan, Noël Wells, Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, John Milhiser and Mike O’Brien, hand-picked by “SNL’s” creator and producer, Lorne Michaels, are conspicuously homogenous: All six performers are white. Five are men. Four hail from comedy school and the Upright Citizens Brigade.

Despite its purported edginess, “SNL” has faced criticism for its lack of diversity since its inception, said Ronald Becker, an associate professor in Media, Journalism, and Film at the Miami University of Ohio and co-editor of the upcoming collection of essays “Saturday Night Live and American TV.” According to Becker, early “SNL” was about “a baby boomer, white, male counterculture fighting an older generation of white male comedy. It was more a generational counterculture, and had very little to do with racial diversity or gender diversity, or gender sensibility in comedy.”

But good comedy, as so many comedians will tell you, is honest. And diversity in comedy is essential to honesty, especially in a country that’s more diverse than it’s ever been. {snip}

“SNL’s” all-white, predominantly male casting call got some minor criticism, but many defended the decision by arguing that the cast of 16 performers, which currently includes three people of color (and six women), approximately reflects the demographics of a nation in which white people are the majority. (Though, according to the Census Bureau, not for much longer.) This logic is a common defense within the industry. Alexander also argues that there isn’t a large enough pool of minority comedians to pick from: “I think any producer will tell you that they would like a bigger pool to draw from. I think we’re just a reflection, so I assume that people who are producing television shows do wish there was a larger pool to draw from.” {snip}


“SNL’s” perspective has brought it mainstream success, however, and therefore is not likely to change much. “Let’s say you get a really cool, great multiracial cast and an interesting skit,” hypothesized Becker. “Is the audience of ‘Saturday Night Live’ going to tune in, or are they going to go elsewhere?  And would you be able to attract a new audience?  It’s really hard to attract a new audience nowadays, let alone keep your core audience.  And is the core audience of ‘Saturday Night Live’ going to like that kind of humor?  That’s just an unknown question and television producers don’t like unknown questions.

“I think there’s lots of parts of America that could care less about ‘Saturday Night Live,’” Becker added. “Lots of African-Americans, lots of gays and lesbians.  They don’t really expect things from ‘Saturday Night Live’ and they don’t really care if they’re on it, because ‘Saturday Night Live’ is just one of the many shows that are on television.  But there is a way that because ‘Saturday Night Live’–and here lies sort of a trap–because ‘Saturday Night Live’ has this history/legacy and a touchstone of sorts and is a relatively affluent white majority it does have a sort of cultural power that other comedy outlets don’t have.  But its power comes from its own exclusive appeal.”

Paradoxically, as long as “SNL” exists, so will the push for more shows like “Totally Biased” and “Awkward Black Girl,”  which are part of today’s counterculture, said Becker. “And in some ways their counterculture credibility is established against ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ white, all-male narrow appeal and sensibility.”



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  • D.B. Cooper

    Nobody cared about the races of the nearly all black In Living Color. Other than Jim Carrey and Kelly Coffield, the show boasted a mostly black cast.

    • borogirl54

      In Living Color was funny. That is all that mattered to me.

    • Garrett Brown

      And it sucked horribly. Blacks aren’t funny at all.

  • Puggg

    What about Saturday Night Live’s ratings problem? It’s not funny anymore, nobody’s watching.

    • dd121

      It’s been an embarrassment for decades.

      • D.B. Cooper

        It had its moments over the years.

        • sbuffalonative

          Google ‘Saturday Night Live, Eddie Murphy, White Like Me’. You’ll learn what blacks really believe about whites.

          • Erasmus

            But Mr. Murphy will make a big exception for white, transvestite hookers.

          • rowingfool

            I googled and saw and learned. What ridiculous horse crap. And the audience laughed? And clapped?

            Does he and do Blacks really believe that banks have one Rulebook for loan eligibility for Whites and one for Blacks? If so, then right there’s the problem. Don’t they understand that banks are in business to make money? And that that they make money by making solid loans? And that the transaction is “governed” by actuary tables of risk? What bank in their right mind would turn down a credit-worthy customer just because of the color of their skin?

            Blacks have, since 1863, misunderstood what the word “free” means. They thought then–just as Murphy does in this skit now–that Whites were free from paying for their good lifestyles. Back then simple minded Negroes thought that once “free” they wouldn’t have to work–“just like White people don’t work”–look at Massa up on the hill.

            When they found out that they still had to work but that they were now “free” to compete with other qualified bidders in the market for jobs, they were shocked. Finding that they couldn’t compete on a level playing field, they withdrew into sullen defiance where they have remained to this day.

            “Freedom” to a Black person will always mean reversing roles on Whites and becoming the Master while the Whites toil to support them–not that different than the current state of affairs.

          • sbuffalonative

            Thank you for taking the time to watch. More people should because in jest there is truth.

            This is essentially how blacks see whites; as all part of the ‘good-ol’-white-boy’ network. We’re all involved in a grand conspiracy to keep da brotha down. Banks ‘give’ us money but not blacks. Whites give each other things for free all the time. That’s the belief blacks hold on to because they refuse to believe their behavior and choices limit their lives.

            PS: A few years back I was riding the bus home from work. The bus happened to be about 99% white (now a rarity since my neighborhood has been targeted for ‘inclusion’). It was near Christmas. At each red light, the bus driver would pull out his harmonic and play a Christmas song. Most people sang, laughted, and had a good time. So that part of the skit was true.

        • dd121

          I find it unfunny and unnecessarily vulgar.

    • anew

      I disagree. Last year was mediocre, but before that they three or four great seasons in a row. Kristen Wiig was one of the best players they’ve ever had (I got her number three, behind Will Ferrel and Amy Poehler), and she was a huge loss.

      Now they’re losing the best three cast members from last year too, so this might be a down season too.

      • capnmorgan5150

        Will Ferrell has never been funny. He doesn’t know how to be funny. Acting like a total jackass all the time isn’t funny.

        • dukem1

          Ferrel was one of the longest running performers ever on the show…As anyone would over a time, he probably had more misses than hits…that’s how it goes.
          I think his cheerleader bits with Cheri Oteri stand up to anything from any era of the show.
          He also made a few good movies, chief among them “A Night at the Roxbury”, which is actually – at least to Mrs. Dukem and I – a consistently funny movie – much, much better than the skits it was based on.

          This is all really a matter of personal taste, and I agree his shtick can get old in a hurry, but he’s OK.
          Looking back on it, You could probably make the case that Eddie Murphy peaked on the show – “I’m Gumby, dammit!.”
          But, as I said, it all gets down to whatever floats your boat, laff-wise.

          • capnmorgan5150

            “I think his cheerleader bits with Cheri Oteri stand up to anything from any era of the show.”

            If you think that stuff is funny, you should check out the Tom Green movie “Freddie Got Fingered”.

          • Katherine McChesney

            Cheri Oteri was a failed comedian. I never though she was qualified to be called such.

        • Mergatroyd

          Agreed. Will Farrell plays the same exact character repeatedly. Flat faced, dead pan, unfunny. He’s a one-note actor and “comedian.” The highlight of his career was Elf and that was 10 years ago.

        • anew

          I think his imitation of Bush is the best thing snl has ever done. Followed closely by his one of James Lipton.

        • capnmorgan5150

          Apparently the mod changed the word jack*** in my post to “fool”. Thanks for the censorship.

          • Beetlejuice

            The deleted word is spot on. He is foolish but your edited word fits Will Ferrell much better. Don’t know how anyone finds this j-a funny.

          • ms_anthro

            This happened to me recently too. They changed “muds” to “blacks.” Except I was referring to any generic non-Whites, not just blacks, so the quiet edit changed my meaning.

            Apparently the moderators know what we’re trying to say better than we do.

      • Sick of it

        Will and Amy don’t cut it compared to cast members from the past…

        • anew

          Well, I know a lot of people say that, but for my money, snl’s best years were in the late 90s and the late noughts.

          • Beetlejuice

            SNLs best years, bar none, were in the 70s when it first started with the original cast. It was fresh, funny, biting and unique. I stopped watching after Belushi died and Akroyd left. Tried a few times and found it simply unfunny. Too much silly, sophomoric bathroom humor passed off as high comedy. It changed casts as often as every season as it floundered to find a new cast as good as the first one. Loren Michaels should have packed it up around 1980 because that’s when it jumped the shark.

      • Katherine McChesney

        I’ve no television for six years. I stopped watching SNL in the early 90’s. It jumped the shark long ago. I thought MadTV was funnier.

  • shmo123

    I wonder how many black people read Salon?

    • Erasmus

      If they had wanted blacks to read Ms. Gupta’s article, they would have published in Mad Magazine, heavy on the cartoons.

      • Sharps Rifle

        Nah, “Jet,” and full of one-syllable words.

      • Beetlejuice

        Don’t disparage Mad Magazine. I don’t know about now but in the old days it was full of dead-on, funny, sophisticated writing and satire. One of my college professors used it in the classroom to teach irony, satire and humor.

        • Erasmus

          Yes it could be very funny. Better still was National Lampoon. They never bowed to political correctness. Their parody of Peanuts, Goobers, featuring black characters and with Lucy as a hooker, was priceless.

      • WhiteGuyInJapan

        Black people don’t read Mad magazine. The jokes are too complex, there are many puns and lots of references to political events of the 70s. Forget it.

    • Spartacus

      I wonder how many blacks can actually read in the first place…

      • dukem1


  • Fair Dingum

    Again, apparently whites are the only people we can have too many of.

    • “Too White”?
      I agree, substitute White for “too (any other racial group)” and they’d be hell to pay.
      “I don’t like the NFL, NBL or the Grammies because it’s too black”, is this acceptable to say? If no, why not? Why are we the only racial group who can be criticized by anyone, yet never say a word out of place for any other group?
      That’s not equality, that’s tyranny.
      As everything blacks do is great, “African Americans are awesome at violent crime, keep up the good work guys, thank you and please sir may I have another?”

  • Dave4088

    I wonder if Prachi Gupta would take umbrage at the SNL cast if they were all red dot Hindus with the surname of Patel?

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    approximately reflects the demographics of a nation in which white people are the majority. (Though, according to the Census Bureau, not for much longer.)

    I see this kind of statement all the time in these news articles. The idiotic insinuation is that the nation is becoming more “diverse,” and therefore everything else must become more diverse as well, as if this increasing “diversity” were some fact of nature that we have no control over. And far be it for anyone to suggest that this is evidence that whites need some kind of enclave with a type of programming they can enjoy of their own.

    As for SNL, I never watch it, but I would assume the producers have tried to draw in more nonwhites many times in the past with little success, something that has of course not occurred to the Indian writer of this screed.

    • Greg Thomas

      Further, some third world foreigner, gloating over our impending minority status, usually utters the exact words. In this case, it’s Prachi Gupta,

      • Beetlejuice

        He’s been taught by his handlers to use those words, which have been carefully forged as weapons against the white race.
        What this third world foreigner doesn’t realize is that he is a sock puppet for his masters to use against the white race, to hasten our genocide.

  • MekongDelta69

    By Prachi Gupta, Salon

    Another article I just read skipped.
    I have a Salon problem…

    • Erasmus

      FTA: (Though, according to the Census Bureau, not for much longer.)

      It bothers me when some brown-skin refugee from India writes stuff like this. And most immigrants to this country are, in truth, refugees, not fleeing from military conflict but from attenuated opportunities in their home countries and even if they don’t call themselves refugees.

      • sbuffalonative

        It’s a very disturbing trend which the MSM ignores. Immigrants used to come here because they had a fondness for and a hope in an American ideal. Now they come here and openly hate us. As I said, a very disturbing trend.

        • Beetlejuice

          Nonwhites come here to race replace whites and steal what the white man has built. The only bright spot is knowing that in the future, the U.S. will not be the multicultural paradise that was promised but a bunch of disparate ethnic tribes fighting each other to the death over resources like food, land and water.
          Just as was intended. Got to make sure those evil whites and their children are genocided so they can’t muster up a 4h Reich. The fallout doesn’t matter as long as the white race is destroyed.
          Evil doesn’t even begin to cover what is being done to white children.
          Anti-racist, multiculturalism, diversity, affirmative action are ALL codes words for white genocide.

    • John_HD

      It’s really sick the way everything White is portrayed as a negative. It’s about ratings. The honchos at NBC certainly have no racial agenda (at least not a pro-white one). If the formula were not successful, they’d change it. If they thought including more minorities would increase ratings, they’d have more minorities. It’s about being relatable to your audience. The target audience would not relate to urban blacks as much (if at all) as they do with whites. They’d tune out.
      And Blacks or Mexicans can create their own shows and populate them with *all* Blacks and Mexicans if they so wish, if the ratings would support such programming.

      More than anything, it’s just upsetting, the constant denigration of all things White, in spite of the fact that Whites created almost everything used on the planet today, and create(d) the most functional societies on the planet. It’s a real sick society that denigrates the productive and successful group, and glorifies dysfunctional and substandard ones; sick indeed. You expect such resentment from non-White groups, but that such a significant portion of the White population engages in denigrating Whites is bizarre indeed.

      This can’t last much longer. We’re rapidly approaching ‘Too much parasite, not enough host’ time.

      • Mergatroyd

        Better: There are now ways to get around the cable packages that force one to pay for BET and other odious channels. Roku, Apple TV, etc. give one a menu option. BET would be put out of business overnight if it weren’t for manadator bundling done by the cable companies.

        • Katherine McChesney

          I’d love to see BET fail. And as for black blogs referenced on SBPDL, those should be shut down for more intelligent websites. They’re anti-White fodder and black propaganda. They’re written by people who made it to sixth grade.

  • Luca

    The really, truly, disadvantaged people in this country are those with physical handicaps, especially our wounded warriors. And yet we never hear them complain that we need more comedians in wheelchairs, or we must show abled-bodied people married to disabled people, or we need more one-armed CEO’s, more blind and deaf people in commercials etc. They don’t whine about special treatment and or for what don’t have, they work and they work hard just to be accepted and to conduct their lives with dignity.

    What a disgrace these other whiners are.

    • D.B. Cooper

      “Don’t ever underestimate the power of the handicapped!”

      • capnmorgan5150

        Hilarious! I had forgotten all about that skit!

    • Katherine McChesney

      The group called Wounded Warriors support abortion. I refuse to support their liberal stances.

  • Anglokraut

    SNL stopped being funny a long, long time ago when John Belushi died. Was he ever called a racist for his samurai character?

    • jackryanvb

      Chris Farley was funny.

      Eddie Murphy was sometimes funny.

      • Anglokraut

        Chris Farley was the fat guy who used the fact that normal-weight people laugh at fat people who do physical comedy. That was his whole career. Geeze, at least John Candy could act.

        Eddie Murphy was better once he started making movies. Beverly Hills Cop is still one of my all-time favorite comedies–and now that I’m old enough to get the jokes, it’s even funnier than I thought it was when I was a kid.

        • Sick of it

          I did like some of Eddie’s SNL skits, though admittedly they were very old reruns when I saw them.

          • Mergatroyd

            Eddie Murphy was best as a stand-up comic on the HBO specials in the 80s when there were no censors.

          • ShermanTMcCoy

            Norton, my friend, I’ve been watching you . . .

          • Sick of it

            I’ve liked the few I’ve seen.

          • I liked his “Prison Poet” bit:

            Kill My Landlord

            “Dark and lonely on a summa night;
            watchdog barkin’ – do he bite?
            Slip in his window, break his neck,
            den his house I start to wreck.
            Got no reason; what de heck?
            C…I…L…L… my lan-lord.”

        • gemjunior

          I hated Chris Farley. I don’t like to speak badly of the dead but he really sucked. John Candy was funny though. SNL sucks anyway. I love everything white and am not too fond of blacks but I would take Living Color anyday over SNL, or Key and Peele is pretty funny. They poke a lot of fun at themselves – at blacks actually.

          • Xerxes22

            John Candy was with SCTV not SNL. SCTV, the Canadian comedy show, was much better than SNL which is why NBC always put the show on after SNL so few people would watch it and make comparisons.

          • gemjunior

            I remember SCTV, I loved that show. It wasn’t always on the regular channels but sometimes it was on the cable channels – I remember searching for it on cable. It was much better than SNL, which is useless.

        • Katherine McChesney

          I loved Chris Farley’s fat guy who lived in a van down by the river. It was laugh-out-loud funny.

    • borogirl54

      No, I am Japanese and I loved John Belushi’s samurai character. I thought he was hilarious.

      • You’d have liked him as the P-40 pilot in the movie 1941. I’m a lifelong Belushi fan, and also thought he was great in “Animal House”. Bill Murray’s role in “Ghostbusters” was originally written for John Belushi.

  • Spartacus

    “Though, according to the Census Bureau, not for much longer.”


    Your subconscious is showing, Gupta. Don’t worry, cockroaches like you won’t be a majority for long, not when Whitey’s not around to feed you .

    • Jefferson

      Never eat at a pizzeria owned by a Dot Head. They don’t know how to make pizza worth a damn.

  • Bill

    A clone of SNL was on Fox called ‘Mad TV’, airing on Fri. nights. It ran for several years, but was eventually canceled. It had a heavily black cast, and was produced by Quincy Jones. Apparently, ethnic diversity wasn’t as popular as SNL. The writer somehow missed this and instead was only interested in a snub at White success.

    • Not only must there be diversity, but Whites have to love it and support it unconditionally too.
      Free will is apparently inherently racist.

    • benvad

      The blacks on that show actually had talent, and were more than negro caricatures on SNL.

  • Evette Coutier

    Race is the fastest growing industry in America.

  • Rhialto

    First of all, SNL is a Liberal biased show and intended for a Liberal biased audience. Therefore this is an argument among the Liberals, and of no concern to me.

    Secondly, if you examine the Diversity of this season’s returning cast, what do you see? A Black male, Keenon Thomson and a White Lesbian, Kate McKinnon, are the stars. A Black male and a White female, Jay Pharo and Vanessa Beyer, are the solid support. This seems like plenty of Diversity. The rest of the returning cast, 3 white female and 2 white male, suck IMHO.

    Note that the Indian Saloner does not mention this in her rant.

    • dukem1

      To the typical TV honcho, diversity for the sake of diversity is an end in itself.
      If this means putting people who are not funny on a comedy show, then so be it.

  • jackryanvb

    Can’t believe this show is still on. I haven’t watch this show in 30 years.

    This show was “hip”‘ young, irreverent to middle aged Conservative, White America… This was in 1975.

    Lib/Leftys don’t age well.

    And there bad TV shows gone on, forever.

    Guy Lombardo was a hip older guy compared to SNL, David Letterman today.

    • Sick of it

      Letterman was funny until he brought (his extremely liberal) politics into every show.

    • Strider73

      SNL originally was a true satire show. It skewered all sides of the political spectrum and took no prisoners — which is why it was so funny. Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin’s parody of “Point/Counterpoint” was a classic, as were the Coneheads, Emily Litella and Rosenne Roseannadanna. (And who could forget “The Mr. Bill Show”?) If the producers and writers would return to that formula, its audience would skyrocket. By 1990, the only bit of humor left was “Wayne’s World.”

      • Mergatroyd

        SNL, with a few exceptions, has been floundering since the original cast left, or died off, as the case may be.
        They weren’t afraid of taking on Nixon, Carter, Ford, and ripped apart Bush I and II, and Palin after that but won’t touch Obama. The show jumped the shark in the late 70s and hasn’t been funny since.
        They’ll never find another Belushi, Radner, Curtin, Newman, Akroyd, Morris, Murphy, et. al, cast again. Part of what made it so great was the zeitgeist of the time.

        • Xerxes22

          Garett Morris was terrible, not funny. He was just the token Black on the show. Even Eddie Murphy thought that Morris was just a token. That’s why Eddie did his own material.

      • jackryanvb

        I loved the “Point Counter Point”

        “Jane you ignorant slut”

        • That was “Count Pointer Count.”

          “Jane, you ignorant slut; who did you sleep with to get this job anyway?”

  • sbuffalonative

    Salon dot com should be listed as a hate site.

  • Global Minority

    It’s still on the air? My parents used to watch this when I was little. Liberals whin over anything they think is all or too white. They have a diseased mind for sure. I wish we could ship them to Liberia.

    • gemjunior

      I think that’s a great idea. And look – it matches ! Liberal – Liberia? Maybe that’s why it never worked out with repatriating all the ex-slaves – because this land was truly meant for liberals? I think you’re onto something…..

  • Chris Granzow XI

    SNL has been unfunny for about a decade or so. Aside from that, every other joke that comes out of their mouth is anti-white.

    • Funruffian

      SNL sucks now. It has sucked for a long, long time. They have had some intermittent talented people come and go, but for the most part they have caved into the PC zeitgeist.

      • I miss their old fake commercials, of which my favorite was the “Happy Fun Ball” toy.

        “If any of the following conditions persist: nausea, convulsions, death, discontinue the use of Happy Fun Ball immediately”.

        “If Happy Fun Ball should break open and its liquid filling spill out, do not touch, taste or look at Happy Fun Ball’s liquid filling.”

        “Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball”.

        I wish I had a DVD full of nothing but SNL’s fake commercials.

        • Anglokraut

          Two words: Robot Insurance.

        • Ella

          I loved Sprockets with Mike Myers. Meyers played a German talk show host and mocked German techno-pop culture. There are repeats on Youtube.

        • Funruffian

          I liked Mr. Bill as a kid. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t be as funny today. What was funny 30 years ago is much different than today.

        • texasoysterman

          Shimmer. “It’s a floor wax AND a dessert topping.”

        • Gotsumpnferya

          Bass-o-matic !

  • hastings88

    It’s about as anti-white as a show can get.

  • David Ashton

    When are they going to do something about all those Christians who run Hollywood?

  • Funruffian

    SNL has always had their token Black guy from Garret Morris to Tracy Morgan and all of the token blacks in between. The show has been burdened by that legacy for it’s near seasons.
    The show reached its lowest point when Eddie Murphy was on in the early 80’s. SNL revived itself in 1987 with a fresh cast and has had some rocky lulls since then.

  • Funruffian

    “But good comedy, as so many comedians will tell you, is honest. And diversity in comedy is essential to honesty, especially in a country that’s more diverse than it’s ever been.”
    What a stupid statement. Do they really think that will fly? Diversity in comedy? All cultures and races have different perceptions of humor. I think a comedian can be funny if he were to mimic and mock different races and cultures, but throwing a group of different races in one morass of an ensemble is not the key to appealing to a wide audience.

  • IstvanIN

    My suggestion to Mr. Gupta is don’t watch. I don’t and I’m white.

  • benvad

    It’s not for you, just like Bollywood isn’t for whites.

  • MBlanc46

    You’ve got to hand it to American academics. Just when you think that every conceivable race/gender inequality or disparity has been discovered, dissected, and done to death, some assistant or associate professor somewhere will find a new one. At least it helps keep AmRen going.

    • Gotsumpnferya

      PC has become microscopic .

  • Owen

    Ms Gupta, I find that Bollywood has a race problem. It is too Indian. This flagrant display of Indian privilege in the film industry, in India for Indians by Indians, is offensive to me as a non Indian person of non color.

    • Chris Granzow XI

      Exactly, and I think the perfect compromise is for them to show how “enlightened” they have become by choosing a blonde Miss India.

  • SNL is racist?

    Please, don’t make Lorne Michaels cry.

    • Erasmus

      Lorne Michaels is non-goy. He can’t be racist.

      • That’s sort of my point. I bet he thought his progressive anti-racist credentials were unimpeachable.

      • Katherine McChesney

        As he is a non-goy, it’s assured that he dislikes Christian Whites.

  • Mergatroyd

    How about getting a character that is actually funny.

  • whatsyouragenda?

    stop demonizing white people.. it’s combative at best and we dont like to be in constant conflict, like black people do

  • bubo

    For the most part non-whites lack the creativity and quick wit one needs to be funny. Black comedy is almost always limited to profane language and sex talk, not exactly fit for network TV.


    “Let’s say you get a really
    cool, great multiracial cast and an interesting skit,” hypothesized
    Becker. “Is the audience of ‘Saturday Night Live’ going to tune in, or
    are they going to go elsewhere? And would you be able to attract a new
    audience? And is the core audience of ‘Saturday
    Night Live’ going to like that kind of humor”

    This SNL guy, Becker, must be completely new to the diversity pimps games. He apparently seems to think that they would actually care if the show would be successful with a more multicultural cast or not. They don’t think about the well being of these companies that the pimps demand diversify their staff. They don’t blackmail these companies with boycott threats and all the other garbage cause they want to introduce a group of people who will double their profits. No! They do it because they hate white people and want to see people who look like them take whitey’s place.

    They could care less if their affirmative people are even capable of fulfilling the duties any certain position may require. It would mean nothing to them if SNL went down after 39 seasons. As long as it went down with the appropriate assortment of colored faces. If Whitey doesn’t stand up to this insanity soon. The America built by our ancestors will cease to exist, and I for one, believe our ancestors deserve better than that!

  • Andy

    “Despite its purported edginess, “SNL” has faced criticism for its lack of diversity since its inception…”

    It’s not “edgy” to do something that public opinion encourages and has encouraged for years. Having an all-white cast would make SNL edgy. “Promoting diversity” does not.

  • Why would the appointment of Whites to the show be a problem, unless the black audience was racist and so culturally closed-minded that they cannot associate with other races? How is the show supposed to be “edgy” when it conforms in all ways to the pressures of the dominant ideology?

    Given that ‘white males’ not only founded America, but are probably still the dominant majority in the older age group – why should they not have a show that reflects their humour, reference points, interests? The article admits that other races and ‘special interest groups’ have their shows with their comedy and their social reference points….

  • Erasmus

    And when they assume the driver’s seat, they’ll make the country into another multi-ethnic, s***hole, like India.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Interestingly India is the most mulit-ethic country in the world, its little wonder its a mess. Yes and I know some east Indians and they come here for the goodies. Now they all work, but the vast majority are under the table.

  • skara_brae

    Agreed. Do you remember when Belushi et al were “The Five White Caucasians” and stood around a piano singing “What I Say” in a moronic, stilted way? Then Ray Charles showed them the right way to sing it.
    Daft “liberal propaganda” as you perfectly put it.

  • WR_the_realist

    If you really want to see “edgy” and “countercultural” then read Amren and Alternative Right. Today nothing is more mainstream and predictable than what the left thinks is edgy and avant-garde.

    Here we have an Asian Indian telling us that an American comedy show has too many whites. Somebody should inform him that Indian television has way too many Indians.

  • De Doc

    Blah, blah, blah… White people tailor their comedy for their own. Blah, blah, blah… Not enough diversity in SNL show. Blah, blah, blah… How dare they have a cast that doesn’t reflect & pander to every stinkin’ minority group in the USA. White Privilege strikes again!

  • robinbishop34

    I like how you use the word ‘still’ as if you believe time will somehow erase the truth. I never could understand why so many people think the date has anything to do with facts? Blacks have a disproportionately high illiteracy rate; end of story.

  • Spartacus

    Ok, so that’s one…

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    Most of the actors on SNL were/are jewish.

  • Ella

    Isn’t there a Black comedy network on cable? Blacks and Hispanics have entire networks designed for them for Pete’s sakes!!!!!!!! Does anyone remember the “token” White guy, Jim Carrey, In Living Colour? They did not have enough White guys.

  • Garrett Brown

    Chapelle is a dumb negroid with no talent at all.

  • Bill Campbell

    I really never thought about this before. We used to watch In Living Color a long time ago, and it never occurred to me that there was only one white guy. I really didn’t care. Why does anyone care about this unless there can be shown deliberate refusal to employ black comedians? Realistically, there are not many black comedians to begin with, and some of them have been on the SNL cast.

    • There are not many black comedians to begin with… and moreover, most of them aren’t very funny.

      • Bill Campbell

        I tend to agree, black comedians mostly appeal to a black audience.

      • Katherine McChesney

        They usually have filthy mouths and sick behavior in their personal lives.

  • Oddly, Mifune’s acting career was an accident. He’d been a radioman during the war, and some friends of his sent his photo to a casting agency without telling him. He was suprised when they decided they wanted him.

  • Phil Hartman didn’t use cocaine. Unfortunately, his wife did.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Phil Hartman came from a great comedy troop in L.A., the Groundlings. They were tops at improvisation.

  • I’ve got a great idea: I will move to a foreign country where the locals look and speak nothing like the way I do, and then I will write an op-ed piece in a local magazine whining that the local television programming features too many of the locals.

    How does anyone think this would go over in India, China, Mexico, Indonesia or Iran?

  • Beetlejuice

    Looks like you’re about 13 from your writing.

  • Katherine McChesney

    I don’t get Asian humor at all. It seems that they’ll laugh at anything whether it’s funny or not. Remember, they came up with the most ridiculous product…Hello Kitty.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Netflix constantly barrages my account with Indian and Asian movie. I find their films lacking. Of course, there was the exception…I can’t remember his name but he produced “Ran” which was an amazing film.