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Jay Pharoah Rips 'SNL' For the Lack of Black Women in the Cast, Kenan Thompson Blames Lack of Talented Black Women

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 15, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 15, 2013 |

A few weeks ago, after Saturday Night Live announced the addition of six new cast members (five men, one woman, all white), Jay Pharoah criticized the show for failing yet again to hire a female black cast member, something the show has been sorely lacking in over the course of the series (I can think of only a few: Yvonne Hudson, who was fired midway through the sixth season, Ellen Cleghorne, Danitra Vance, and Maya Rudolph, who is mixed race). Pharoah was vocal in his remarks, saying “They need to pay attention” and add a black woman to the cast. However, he brought with his criticism an actual suggestion:

Her name is Darmirra Brunson … Why do I think she should be on the show? Because she’s black first of all, and she’s really talented. She’s amazing. She needs to be on SNL. I said it. And I believe they need to follow up with it like they said they were going to do last year …

It’s one of those things that’s hard. Some people choke up. Some people burn their bridges by saying things they shouldn’t say either. You just have to be very political about your delivery, what you say, and your performance. You’ve got to be on point. Everybody has to like you and want you to win. If they don’t like you, it’s a wrap.

Meanwhile, when asked what SNL would do if they needed to impersonate a black female, Thompson stated that he would not cross-dress. “I don’t know. We just haven’t done them. That’s what I’m saying. Maybe [Jay Pharaoh] will do it or something, but even he doesn’t really want to do it.”

But Thompson doesn’t blame the show, or Lorne Michaels. He suggests that the problem is that there aren’t any great black females auditioning for the show. “It’s just a tough part of the business,” Thompson says. “Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.”

Uh, what about Darmirra Brunson? DOES NO ONE LISTEN TO JAY PHAROAH.

He’ll just be over in a corner consoling John Boehner.


(Source: TV Guide)

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