Apr 29, 2018
SNL Has Gall To Hire Funny Black Lady Sasheer Zamata Without Consulting The Daily Caller First
After not having a female cast member of color on the show since 2007, Saturday Night Live got its act together and is bringing Sasheer Zamata on as the first female comedian of color since Maya Rudolph left.
A few months back, there was a brouhaha when Saturday Night Live announced new cast members, and there was nary a woman of color among them. And then Kenan Thompson dumped gasoline on the fire by sorta saying that black ladies maybe weren’t just funny enough.
But Zamata, she is funny! We went and checked, because after years of having our hearts broken, we do not really trust SNL’s life choices.
Does she talk about race in her humor sometimes? Yes she does, much to the dismay of mouth-breathers like Daily Caller’s Patrick Howley, who is convinced that because she has ladyparts, she is probably not funny. Also black.
Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels has admirably done his duty to progressive America and hired an unfunny black woman.
Michaels, who announced last month that he was going to hire a black female cast member and held segregated auditions, has signed “Upright Citizens Brigade” performer Sasheer Zamata. […]
Zamata’s apparent inability to be funny is just one of numerous obstacles that she has bravely overcome in her quest to fill a token quota on the vaunted Saturday Night Live cast. She is also a woman, meaning that she is physically and culturally averse to being funny according to a brilliant essay by the late Christopher Hitchens.
We think that Howley is maybe trying to make a sarcastic reference with the Hitchens reference, but probably absolutely not, because Patrick Howley is not funny. Patrick Howley is where funny goes to die. This is not true, however, of Sasheer Zamata! Yay! There are many other bits of funny from her on the internet, and since she has been actually factually employed as a comedian for quite some time now, the tokenism accusation kinda only makes sense if you start from the premise that black women are not funny or the equally stupid premise that women generally are not funny, or the blindingly dumb premise that a television show that mocks a bunch of different types of people — some of whom are black ladies! like Michelle Obama! — might find it appealing to have a black lady person play these characters rather than dumping Kenan Thompson in drag yet again.
Also, did we mention she is funny? SHE IS FUNNY.
See that there thing? We would much rather watch that sketch than many SNL sketches from this year. The unillustrious Mr. Howley may also be troubled by this video, in which Zamata dresses as a dude for much of the bit AND calls out dudes for doing random weird harassy things like where they just whip their dick out for no reason on the street.
Since Patrick Howley is the guy that thinks drag queens should be closeted and flamboyant and live without equal rights, because that is what Patrick Howley likes, no homo, we’re not sure that he has a great sense of humor as far as talking about gender stereotypes. Scratch that, we are sure he does not have a great sense of humor. Full stop.
Howley isn’t the only right-wing comedian wannabe coming up with real zingers about this hiring decision:
That is a thigh-slapper, John Nolte! You are like the racist uncle we ignore at the holidays! Also, you straight up stoled your bit from former Secretary of the Interior James Watt:
[referring to his staff] I have a black, a woman, two Jews and a cripple. And we have talent.
In short, welcome aboard, Sasheer Zamata. Even if your star does not burn brightly on SNL, you will have already brought us the infinite joy of calling out Patrick Howley and John Nolte, which is a good day’s work.