Lorne Michaels Addresses Lack Of Black Women On 'SNL'
Lorne Michaels addresses the lack of female black comedians on 'SNL' and states "It Will Happen."
Saturday Night Live creator, Lorne Michaels, finds himself in the midst of a scandal about race.
Mr Michaels was surrounded by scrutiny earlier this year when the show didn't ask any black women to join its cast which he was heavily criticised for.
A civil rights group called ColorOfChange.org has recently asked the 68 year-old to address this issue and have written him a letter to voice their concerns.
ColorOfChange.org Executive Director Rashad Robinson wrote the letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, reads, "Since Maya Rudolph's departure in 2007, SNL has failed to cast even one Black woman -- yet still manages to traffic in dehumanizing portrayals that make race and gender the butt of the joke."
"SNL seems committed to aggressively continuing to push images of Black women as incompetent, rude, hypersexual and financially dependent. Frankly, we're tired of this disrespect."
The director desires to know what Michaels plans are to ensure "Black women are no longer excluded from the show."
The founding producer of the comedy sketch show has confronted these claims in a recent interview with the Associated Press.
He told them "It's not like it's not a priority for us," adding, "It will happen. I'm sure it will happen."
The last female of African American heritage to appear on the show is Maya Rudolph but she left in 2007 and since her departure there hasn't been a black female on the cast.
In perfect timing, Kerry Washington will be the special guest host for the show this coming Saturday (Nov 2nd) and hopefully this will ease the scandal somewhat, but the show was once again, scrutinised when it hired six new key members of the cast, with 5 of them being white males.
Only time will tell if Lorne decides to make up for 'SNL' not casting black women the past several years.
Michaels has bene heavily scrutinised for not having a black female comedian on the 'SNL' cast