SNL cast member Kenan Thompson kicked off the debate when he called attention to the racial disparity on the show.
But he didn’t target the show’s long-time producer Lorne Michaels for being racially insensitive. Rather he put the blame on the lack of good African-American female comedy talent.
“It’s just a tough part of the business. Like in an audition, they never find one that is ready,” he said.
But Wilson pointed the finger directly at Michaels. “If you are talking about black women, or women in general, who are not funny, that’s another case,” she said.
“I think there is enough talent out there… then seek and they shall find. There are a number of very talented women of color out there,” she said.
No black, female comedians are on the current cast and only four have been on the show as regulars in its 35 year history. of the current 16-member cast, only three are black.
Black actress Kerry Washington is hosting Saturday Night Live, Nov. 2, and Thompson was being interviewed about the show by TVGuide when he made the comments.
Thompson also said he would no longer dress in drag to play black female characters. He’s played Maya Angelou, Jennifer Hudson and others. He said the other black cast member, Jay Pharaoh, doesn’t want to play female roles either.
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