Apparently, there’s some controversy over the fact that the Saturday Night Live actor who impersonates Barack Obama isn’t black:
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.
Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune put the question bluntly: “Call me crazy, but shouldn’t ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ fictional Sen. Barack Obama be played by an African-American?” Ryan went on to conclude: “I find ‘SNL’s’ choice inexplicable. Obama’s candidacy gives us solid proof of the progress that African-Americans have made in this country. I guess ‘SNL’ still has further to go on that front.”
Frankly, I haven’t cared about anything related to Saturday Night Live in more than a decade, and I haven’t watched it in that time either, but this strikes me as just plain crazy.
Isn’t the real question whether Arimsten’s impersonation is good or not ?
Here’s the debate parody, judge for yourself:
Despite the fact that I think SNL sucks, I actually thought this was pretty funny.