SNL’s’ Lack of Diversity Still ‘Problematic’

SNL_2013Although “Scandal” star Kerry Washington hosted “Saturday Night Live” last weekend, some fans are still hoping for a permanent fix for the dearth of minority female performers on the long-running NBC comedy series.

“It was compelling to watch Kerry Washington and Jay Pharoah take on the issue of ‘SNL’s’ lack of black women cast members in the cold open of Saturday night’s episode,” Rashad Robinson, executive director of, said in a statement. “While certainly clever, it unfortunately doesn’t change the racial makeup of the current cast, or the reality of ‘SNL‘s’ problematic history with race and gender. ‘Saturday Night Live’ has substantial power in shaping the comedic world beyond Saturday nights. The absence of black women on ‘SNL’ means that black women will continue to be overlooked — in both casting and character development — on sitcoms, late night talk shows, and in comedic films.”

Source: Variety