This was a funny way to get the conversation started about the lack of dialogue, and subsequently progression, when it comes to race relations in the United States. That’s probably not what they were trying to do but race, even in comedy, tends to be the elephant in the room, pardon the cliché.
5) Bride of Blackenstein
Nicki Minaj starred as the bride in a spoof of 1970s Blaxploitation flicks, but also a parody of the real-life quandary about whether her butt is real or fake. The Bride, who was created for Blackenstein’s entertainment, turned out to be appealing to Black and White men, upon first glance due to the “basketballs” on her back.
But eventually they discovered that she’s talkative and bossy as a result of her brain coming from a woman who worked at the DMV, and a mouth from a “hoe who didn’t know her place.” In the end, the men determine that the bride’s sass and demands can be tolerated because, “An ass like that is worth it.” Sexism aside, the skit was creative.
6) How’s He Doing, featuring Kerry Washington
"How’s He Doing" is a recurring skit poking fun at the seemingly overwhelming and unwavering Black voter support of Barack Obama. This time, the host sat down with various leaders in Black thought, including a writer from Ebony and some sort of professor from an HBCU. In this case, it’s Kerry Washington as a political science professor from Spelman. They addressed pressing issues like, what it would be like to get a White person’s mail, which they assume consists of pre-approved credit cards and Pottery Barn catalogs, laughing at the thought of voting for Mitt Romney, and consider what absurdities it would take for Obama to lose the Black vote.
The sketch was funny, but it’s also an almost exact regurgitation of the same skit that ran during Obama’s first crack at president, except with Maya Rudolph replacing Washington’s role as a professor from Howard. Either this was a major oversight or straight up laziness.
7) 28 Reasons to Hug a Black Guy
The three Black ensemble members of SNL did a hip-hop/R&B-style music video listing 28 reasons to hug a Black guy, in a brief and lazy nod to Black History Month. Reason number one was because “we deserve a chance,” and reasons 2-28 were slavery. It wasn’t the worst skit ever, but Black History Month deserved something funnier, more imaginative and inclusive of Black women, who need hugs, too.