Most of the East Coast was buried in whiteness last night so it was the ideal time for SNL to spoof the maligned Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their lack of diversity in their awards.
Special guest Ronda Rousey joined the cast in waving their finger at the Oscars after activist @ReignOfApril’s #OscarsSoWhite campaign prompted the Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to issue a promise of change.
The ficticious “Punching Upward” was a poke at Creed only getting a nomination for Sylvester Stallone, not director Ryan Coogler or the star Michael B. Jordan.
“Shut Em Down” spoofed Straight Outta Compton and “For All The Beasts of Heaven” (Beasts Of No Nation) drove the point home that any performance by a white man will get nominated in a film filled with black and brown faces. Remember Django a few years ago? Yeah.
But as some watchers pointed out, it was not too long ago that SNL was embroiled in its own diversity controversy.
It was only two years ago that the sketch show added two Black women, Lakendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, to their writers room and Sasheer Zamataa to the cast. Show creator Lorne Micheals had been under fire for his own team being white as rice. So last night’s dig at the Academy was a case of the pot meeting the proverbial kettle.
Watch the full sketch above.