Friday, February 29, 2008

SNL Fauxbama Uproar

Michelle Malkin reported today on the uproar going around about Saturday Night Live's choice of actor to play Sen. Barack Obama. (Watch the video on Michelle Malkin's site. It doesn't fit right on my blog.)

Just when you think identity politics can’t parody itself any better (or worse), along comes a new set of race-mongers with an even more absurd set of grievances.

The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the Guardian (UK) all published pieces questioning the propriety of of having a multiracial (white/Asian) man play the multiracial (white/black) Obama. This is from the Washington Post:

When Barack Obama announced his candidacy for president last year, some observers questioned whether the senator from Illinois was "black enough" to embody the hopes and aspirations of African Americans.

Now a variation on that theme has emerged: Is Fred Armisen, who is not African American, "black enough" to embody Obama on "Saturday Night Live"?

You can't make this up.

Saturday Night Live, from its inception, has made a point of poking everyone in the eye sooner or later--conservatives more than liberals, but still... It's a comedy show. They make fun of people. They use the actors they have available. They used to use Garrett Morris to play all the black men and women.

So who should they have used to play Sen. Obama, who is half black and half white? The all-black guy, or the half-white guy? No doubt they used the guy who is better at capturing Obama's mannerisms and speech patterns.

If this is the worst that the race-conscious members of the black community have to worry about in American society today, then perhaps things aren't as bad as they say.

Besides, where are the feminists complaining that they used an attractive young woman to play Hillary?


Dinah Lord said...

"Fauxbama" LOL at that one, SP!

It has come to this - casting decisions: that's what "people of color" (or whatever the heck we're supposed to call them today) are worried about.

It's just plain crazy.

Get this. I read the other day that NPR was under heavy attack for referring to Africa as the Dark Continent. Yep. Taken aback by the criticism, NPR quickly groveled and promised never, ever to do it again.


Cheers - I'll be back - Dinah
(by way of You Heard It Here - Nuggets...)

SkyePuppy said...


Glad to have you visit! I've taken a peek at your blog, courtesy of Janice (she's a bit like the Apostle Andrew, bringing people together).

Oh my gosh! The Dark Continent is a bad word. Who'da believed it? I always pictured it as being dark from the thick jungle blocking the sun. Still, it's nice to have NPR doing the groveling for a change...

Tsofah said...

Darn! Now I gotta go through all the Social Studies books at the local school and correct the educational name for Africa. I guess I can't use a black marker to blot that out. Maybe we shouldn't use black ink, either.

btw, I happen to LIKE the color black for distinguished, formal things like dresses, tux's, plaque's (pronounced PLAX, not PLAYGES - sometimes the q looks like a g)

What's next - can't call Alaska "Land of the Midnight Sun"? Or, Illinois "Land of Lincoln"?

For Pete's Sake! (btw, who IS Pete and is he responsible for this insanity?)