SNL Lampoons Itself (With Help from Al Sharpton) for Lack of Black Female Cast Members

This week’s Saturday Night Live cold open went for the meta humor, taking on the controversy over the show’s lack of black female actresses in a very self-depreciating manner.

For the sketch, host Kerry Washington, a black woman, portrayed Michelle Obama talking to her husband before a state dinner. The president’s press secretary Jay Carney entered the room to tell the couple that Oprah Winfrey had just arrived, and Michelle had better go get changed. While asking why, “Michelle” realized Carney was referring to the actress Kerry having to change into costume to portray Oprah. And… fourth wall, officially broken.

Scrolling words on the screen jokingly informed the audience of the situation at hand, mock-apologizing for the lack of female cast members.

When “Oprah” finally arrived, the secretary informed everyone that Beyoncé had arrived, so it looks like Oprah has to leave.

While Washington went to change into “Beyoncé,” however, Carney said that the state dinner will also feature six different Matthew McConaugheys, an obvious reference to SNL’s abundance of white males available to portray the white actor.

And then Al Sharpton showed up, because why not? “What have we learned from this sketch?” he asked. “As usual, absolutely nothing.”

Watch below, via NBC:

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