‘Scandal’ star Kerry Washington got the chance to play 2 famous black women when she guest starred on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. She mocked the long-running live TV comedy for its lack of diversity in the show’s casting. Washington, 36, played Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey in comedy sketches that called for her to show a bit more acting range than what you normally see on Scandal.
From Miss Expose:
When asked to exit the Oval Office to return as Beyonce by secret service (Taran Killam), a voiceover came on to make an announcement, along with text on the TV screen.
“The producers at Saturday Night Live would like to apologize to Kerry Washington for the number of black women she will be asked to play,” the statement read. “We make these requests because Ms. Washington is an actress of considerable range and talent – and also because SNL does not currently have a black woman on the cast. Mostly the latter.”
It continued: “We agree this is not an ideal situation and look forward to rectifying it in the near future, unless, of course, we fall in love with another white guy first.” As the sketch ended Rev. Al Sharpton then appeared with a message: “What have we learned from this sketch? As usual, nothing.”