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Kerry Washington Ribs Ultra-White SNL

Show pokes itself over lack of black female on cast

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 3, 2013 10:03 AM CST
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(Newser) – Kerry Washington guest-hosted SNL last night, and helped the show razz itself over its decided lack of black female cast members (SNL does have two black male cast members, Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson): In a Cold Open set at the White House, Washington played Michelle Obama. Then Oprah. Then Beyonce. You get the idea. Then this statement rolls, as per the AP: "The producers at Saturday Night Live would like to apologize to Kerry Washington for the number of black women she will be asked to play tonight." Further, "We agree this is not an ideal situation and look forward to rectifying it in the future—unless, of course, we fall in love with another white guy first." Al Sharpton gets in the last word. "What have we learned from this sketch?" Sharpton asks. "As usual, nothing."

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