‘SNL’ skewers Virginia politicians’ blackface scandals


Saturday Night Live skewered Virginia politicians in a sketch this week after both Gov. Ralph Northam and the state’s attorney general Mark R. Herring admitted to wearing blackface in the past.

SNL spoofed a meeting at the Virginia State Capitol, where the ethics committee chair, played by Kenan Thompson, tried to get ahead of any other political scandals.

“It’s extremely embarrassing to the state,” Thompson’s character says. “Has anybody else worn blackface in college?”

The state officials in the room, played by other cast members, look around nervously and begin to ask questions like: “Does it count if you did it all the way back in the 80s?”

“It does still count,” Thompson’s character replies. “And it was never funny or cool.”

Other questions asked by the faux-officials include: “What if blackface was just part of your costume of a black person?,” “What if you wore the blackface as a tribute, an homage to your hero?” and “What if the costume won a contest?

All of the wild hypotheticals get classified as wrong by Thompson’s character.

“But it was the 80s!” one character laments.

“I don’t even know what that means,” Thompson shoots back.

By the end of the four-minute sketch, a frustrated Thompson declares: “No, no more blackface!” before asking the seven officials in the room if they ever wore the racist costume in the 80s – or 90s.

Everyone raises their hand.

“Well, I advise you all to delete any Facebook photos labeled Halloween and hope for the best,” Thompson says.