Leave It To SNL To Provide Comic Relief To Oscar Controversies (Video)
Since its days known as Saturday Night Live, SNL has been a podium for making light of headline news and strong social discourse. This month, the specific 2016 Oscar nominations (and lack thereof) prompted very public dialogue surrounding the diversity of its nominating committees. Meanwhile, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has responded, signaling some changes to come for future shows.
Snoop Dogg, Spike Lee, and Quincy Jones are among the celebrities who spoke out against the 88th Academy Awards (February 28). As Spike will not attend, Q demanded an opportunity to speak about these issues while presenting an award.
SNL, however, made comedy out of an issue that has many talking. Using purposely fake names (and a fake ceremony, “The Screen Guild Awards”) for the popular films of the last year (Creed, Straight Outta Compton, etc.), this joke about supporting cast and racial bias will certainly keep the discussion going strong. Perhaps this adds some laughter to the very serious issue:
The sketch stars Kenan Thompson, Michael Che, and Bobby Moynihan, among others.