MAKE AMERICA BLACK AGAIN
Did SNL find sympathy within a Trump Supporter?
Are we more alike as Americans than we would like to think or could it be that we really are hopelessly divided as we have acknowledged our minds to believe? Political and racial humor is a known factor on Black Jeopardy, but what was seen on this episode was more real and evident in this pastime. The sketch revolving around the fact that they refused to plaster Hanks as the villain without his noticeable prejudices. Tom Hank creates a dynamic between everyone as he is set up to be this person from his looks, but looks are deceiving as he answers all the question correctly and is suddenly welcomed with open hands, just because he understood African American jargon. So, what kind of America are we really living in, have we, as in all, continued to shield our eyes to the truth about our coming society, and that is that we all reflect the same streak within.
“Saturday Night Live” premiered its well known series “Black Jeopardy” starring Tom Hanks. The skit centered around African Americans cast members and the one non-white cast member who is welcomed onto the show, but unaware that the questions and show in general is centered around African American culture and jargons. On this episode it was a shocking surprise as it was a turn of events when Tom Hanks acting as a man named “Doug” who was wearing an “ Make American Great Again” cap caught onto the questions and was fully aware of what was meant to be answered. It came as a shock to Kenan Thompson who plays the host “ Darnell Hayes” as he asks the first “question”
“They out here saying the new iPhone wants your thumbprint for your protection.”
The buzzer sounds in, and the camera makes a dramatic turn, and lands on the unexpected, Doug. Confused and slightly shocked, Thompson calls on Hanks to answer the question awaiting the ignorance and completely incorrect answer he believes Hanks has to offer, but is taken back as he gets the answer correct. Leslie Jones and Sasheer Zamata who are the rest of the contestants are also taken back, suddenly you see their wide tooth grin, as he answers
“Well, what is — I don’t think so. That’s how they get you.
hompson attitude towards Hanks is completely changed, he is accepting and no longer the eerie feeling of neglect towards Hanks existence is in the atmosphere. Hanks continues to say all the right things, and after his one correct answers it is as if he is now welcomed into the circle, and the conversation drones on about the governments and distrust between them and the people. The distrust in the government is questionable as Hanks wears a Trump merchandise with his million dollar phrase, “ Make America Great Again” and being that his campaign and current presidency is bringing on a lo1 2 t of wariness in the government for many of African American, and no longer a place they reside their trust in.
“Black Jeopardy” being well known for embellishing black stereotypes and continuously, “mocked white people political correctness.” It was different as now in this episode there was a common ground found between African American and rural white conservatives through the distrust in government, well known African American movies, and curvy women. Both Hanks and Thompson performance nailed it and create the humor needed for this skit. Thompson becomes dismissal and open with Hanks as he throws in slick comments such as,
A comment that usually would generate backlash at the classification and negative connotation tagged along with it, but Jones and Zamata along with Thompson are just grinning as if it was not just uttered. Suddenly after answering another question correctly, Thompson walks towards Hanks, and Hanks initial reaction is to put his hands up in defense as if Thompson was about to hurt him, when in actuality all he wanted to do was to shake Hanks hand. This reaction was purposely put into to show that even if they may understand African American lingo, they still hold conservative values, and he still stands for Trump throughout all of this, a man that mostly all African Americans because of what he stands by.
As the show comes to a conclusion, there is one more category that still remains and it ends up being the most controversial, and the atmosphere changes even while watching, the category is,
“LIVES THAT MATTER”
Thompson sees the category, takes a breather and sighs while saying, “ Well it was good while it lasted, Doug” and Doug replies,” I know. I got a lot to say about this.” The show immediately comes to an end without even going into the topic. The whole show was directed towards this moment, it makes sense as Doug was the ideal guy that understood African American culture, and then as it got to the last topic, they chose to add the most controversial, as many white conservatives do lack the understanding of “Black Lives Matter”. Knowing good and well, that he would of opposed of Black Lives Matters, and his Trump infused views would suddenly surface and come into place. The abrupt ending leaves us to make assumptions and imagine what Hanks would have said in that category
In Conclusion, this skit reached higher ratings than any of their other “Black Jeopardy” skit and became widely known through many online newspaper site as the right combination of politics and humor, also gaining the titles as the “best political sketch this year.” Everyone’s performances prompting genuine laughter, but still makes clear a firm statement on the political realm today; and that is that as long as real life “Doug” holds onto their political identity we really are more divided as everyone believes, and the obstacle continues to remain. We judged Hank even before he started talking, but then as soon as he answered and understood the answers, he was accepted, neglecting his standpoint, and in many ways that is how we are today when we find non-African Americans who understand our culture, and then say one wrong thing and are no longer accepted. We found sympathy because he understood our lingo, and then reality hit on a certain category and Hanks true character really came out. So, it comes down to this,
“What kind of America are we really living in?”