February 29, 2008

WAS DAN AKROYD REALLY A CONEHEAD?:

Did 'SNL' Go Beyond the Pale With Fauxbama?: Lorne Michaels Defends Casting Of Non-Black Man in Sketch (Paul Farhi, 2/29/08, Washington Post)

Is Fred Armisen, who is not African American, "black enough" to embody Obama on "Saturday Night Live"?

Debate over that question has been pinging around the Internet since Armisen, a veteran cast member, donned darker makeup to portray the Democratic candidate for the first time Saturday. Armisen played Obama opposite Amy Poehler's Hillary Clinton in a sketch satirizing the supposedly cushy treatment his candidacy has received from the media.

"SNL" impresario Lorne Michaels said yesterday by phone that he thought the sketch played so well that the show intends to air another Obama/Clinton debate spoof tomorrow night, with Armisen and Poehler reprising their characters.


Kind of awkward for Obama supporters to be insisting on a quota hire to play Fauxbama, isn't it?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 29, 2008 1:21 PM
Comments

Have we gone back to the Louisiana "one-drop" rule? So now "black" is more equal than "white"?

The actor was just playing the part of Obama inherited from his hippy-commie over-educated white mommy.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 29, 2008 1:40 PM

Score another victory for All Humor is Conservative.
I've always wondered why blackface is the unforgivable sin.
White people have played Asians. Just ask Joel Grey who played a Korean in "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins." White people have played Hispanics. Just ask Robert Hegyes who played Juan Epstein in "Welcome Back, Kotter" and is neither Jewish nor Hispanic. So why is it white people are premitted to play every other race in the world except black people? It can't all be Al Jolsen's fault, can it?

Posted by: Bryan at February 29, 2008 1:45 PM

I saw the skit. If you hadn't told me he wasn't black, I'd never have realized it.

Besides, he had Obama's voice and mannerisms down cold.

Posted by: Mike Morley at February 29, 2008 3:43 PM

I didn't hear any media mewling when bubba was extolled as the first black president.

Posted by: erp at February 29, 2008 4:04 PM

He's too fragile to handle spoofing from SNL? He is going to go to pieces so fast that bystanders will be endangered by the shrapnel. I hope he gets the nomination before then.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 1, 2008 10:01 AM
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