Race and the Media: SNL

Race and the Media: SNL

Saturday Night Live has hired a new member after a mid-season audition when they received  heavy criticized about a “glaring omission” in their cast. I am glad to see we are all keeping each other in check when it comes to obvious situations such as this, but I also am not sure where we draw the line or why we are concern about one minority over the other. There are many “glaring omissions” from the SNL cast (as well as hundreds if not thousands) of other television programs. For example, SNL’s male cast members include 8 white men and 2 black men and there are no Asian cast members. This asks the question why do we insist on one demographic being represented over the others? The majority of SNL’s cast members are still white males.


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