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Earlier this month, in an interview with The Grio, Jay Pharoah, one of three “people of color” on Saturday Night Live spoke out about how he would love to see a black woman as part of the almost lily white cast. Pharoah even suggested who he would pick if he had his choice.

“They need to pay attention,” Pharoah tells theGrio. “Her name is Darmirra Brunson…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.”

Pharoah knows that funny black women exist. But let Kenan Thompson, you know the chubby one from Kenan & Kel,  tell it, there’s a lack of black female comics. Yeah, he basically inserted his fat foot into his mouth.

In a recent interview with TV Guide, Thompson removes all blame for Lorne Michaels, the executive producer of SNL and solely places the blame on the lack of quality when it comes to black female comediennes.

 “It’s just a tough part of the business,” Thompson says. “Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.”

As I stated in the previous piece about SNL’s lack of diversity when it comes to black women, there have only been four  in the series’ history: Yvonne Hudson, Danitra Vance, Ellen Cleghorne and Maya Rudolph. But of course there are those readers who’ll holler, “Well Maya ain’t black tho”, yeah,  yeah , yeah, don’t throw your own identity issues on someone else. OK?

First, once Thompson realizes that there’s a plethora of black comediennes out there, maybe he’ll actually realize the reason they’re not on the show is because of Lorne Michaels. Maybe Pharoah can do him a solid and introduce him to a couple.

Secondly, Kel is a lot funnier.

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  1. postmodernbro

    The very modestly talented Kenan Thompson sounds like the black version of Jerry Lewis with his stance on female comic actors of color. I don’t know what I find more annoying about him, the way he often plays black caricatures who butcher the English language or the steady stream of unconvincing drag characters he seems compelled to do.

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  2. Marsh

    The truth is Kenan could not answer the question honestly because he would lose his job. The real answer to the question posed is because he plays all the women parts in drag so they don’t need women of color for the roles. Similar to the model industry. Instead of hiring a black models, they instead put white models in black face. There is no need to hire a black woman comedian when Keenan serves that role. And that is just the truth of the matter.

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  3. thetruth

    Maya Rudolph doesn’t count. She’s racially ambiguous enough that SNL producers felt comfortable with giving her so much screen-time. She’s white enough that white people can see themselves in her…unlike the black actresses who you would miss their entire time on SNL if you blinked.

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    • Dead Messenger

      Ironically, you consider the president to be a “black” man. Your “truth” is based on what you WANT to beLIEve.

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    • thetruth

      Who the hell said I consider the president to be a “black” man???

      WHERE did you see me write that??? Point it out to me.

      Blacks will keep claiming mixed people and then complain when those mixed replace actual black people in media. Dumbasses.

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    • Her mama is black (Minnie Riperton)…that girl is black..lol

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    • thetruth

      Then I hope black folks don’t complain when racially ambiguous women become the new face of black women in mainstream media.

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  4. Kenan doesn’t realize that he is a caricature….playing fat black women…he should be ashamed of himself. They are laughing AT you Kenan not WITH you.

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  5. The “black women aren’t good enough” argument looks even weaker after seeing the new cast members, who honestly seem pretty terrible thus far.

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