‘SNL’ Gets a Hit and Then Completely Misses It & More

by | May 5, 2014 at 5:39 PM | Black Entertainment, Black Entertainment Originals, Can't Stop Watching, Saturday Night Live

Pictured: (l-r) Leslie Jones and Colin Jost during Weekend Update on May 3, 2014. (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC)

See which “Saturday Night Live” skit has people laughing and the one that has some people fuming plus my watchlist and what’s hot (Kerry Washington’s a mom) and not (the mom-to-be that killed her boyfriend). Enjoy!

Leslie Jones on-camera “SNL” appearances misses the mark. My honest-to-goodness initial reaction while watching Leslie Jones’ debut on “Saturday Night Live’s” ”Weekend Update” was “why the [eff]would she do this?!” And this was before the slavery references. Sounds a little dramatic? Perhaps, but first, let me explain. After “Weekend Update” co-anchor Colin Jost announced that Lupita Nyong’o had been named “Most Beautiful” by People magazine, Leslie, who is one of the show’s recently hired black writers, appeared as an expert, agreed Lupita was beautiful and said she was waiting for a “most useful” list to come out. She then proceeded to call Colin a “delectable Caucasian” and licked her lips. I cringed. She continued, joking how Lupita would be most-likely to get picked up in a club while she would get selected if someone needed backup in a deadly fight. That’s when I questioned her sensibility. I get that Leslie–a darker brown-skinned, six-foot-tall sista with a broad nose, full lips and broad shoulders–is a comedian and many of them, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or age, will engage in self-deprecating humor. But for me, I didn’t like the broadcasting that someone who looks like her lacks femininity or isn’t desirable, especially by black men (and on a show that just months ago was scrambling to feature a black woman). It harkened back to that ridiculous Psychology Today “study” about black women’s beauty that ran a few years ago. And the day before, my mother and I had a conversation about beauty standards and why some women just accept the label of unattractive as if the labeler is the arbiter of beauty (the same could be said of men). Screw what they think! I’m not denying some women’s personal trials regarding their physical appearance, but it’s not the experience of everyone who favors them. Trust me, I see women who look like Leslie happily booed up all the time. Truthfully, I’m over seeing black women with particular features accept that they’re unattractive and that same mindset being played out on a national or worldwide stage. Maybe I’m projecting and these women, especially comedians, could privately see themselves as the most beautiful. Maybe they play the Plain Jane card for cheap laughs. Check out the video for yourself. Was I reaching with this one?

“The Beygency” earns laughs. ”SNL” may have flopped with that “Weekend Update” but they got it right with this parody of Beyonce Knowles’ overzealous fans aka stans. “The Beygency” shows Andrew Garfield on the run after he commented about Mrs. Carter at his birthday party, “She is so good but I’m not a huge fan of the ‘Drunk in Love’ song though.” Why did he do that? His life was never the same as he was on the run from The Beygency’s secret agents.  It was funny. Twitter, Instagram and comments from any story about Beyonce are excellent material sources for this type of skit, which could’ve been written several ways. All in all, I think it was a hit primarily because it’s very true. I’ve commented a couple of times about the sanity of these Beyhivers who go on the attack if they feel their Queen Bey is threatened (figuratively speaking) in any way. And they’re no respecter of celebrity status. Just ask Aretha Franklin (she said she wanted to redo Destiny Child’s ”Bootylicious”), Keyshia Cole (she talked about Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams’ Super Bowl performance) and Alexsandra Wright, the mother of Bey’s father Mathew Knowles‘ only son Nixon Knowles (they allegedly threatened her after she publicly shared her financial struggles). Watch the sketch below and let me know what you think. Plus, Kiefer Sutherland cameos as Jack Bauer from Fox’s “24: Live Another Day”! Awesome!

On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“24: Live Another Day”: Kiefer Sutherland’s “SNL” appearance served as a reminder to tune in for this limited TV series. It airs Mondays at 9 p.m. EST on Fox. Watch it here.
“Once Upon a Time”: I got so busy watching the last installment of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion special that I missed this. It airs  Sundays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. Watch it here.

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Kerry Washington and husband Nnamdi Asomugha welcome a daughterIsabelle Amarachi Asomugha (Congrats!).
NOT: “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion special conclusion (Very intense, catty and hurtful).

HOT: Prince covering the June issue of Essence magazine (I know he’s going to rock the Essence Music Festival).
NOT: Miata Phalen, a pregnant woman, allegedly killing her boyfriend after he failed to buy her a gift (O_o).

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