Over the weekend, “Saturday Night Live” hired two new comediennes, Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad, just as it was letting go Michaela Watkins and Casey Wilson. Although Watkins was a surprise, Wilson was in few skits and impressed in fewer, so I considered it to be inconsequential enough to ignore.
But SNL is too established as a comedy showcase to make changes in its female cast without people bringing race, attractiveness, weight, and any other characteristic held by anyone who isn’t a white male. While NPR bashed the grossly overrated Washington Post critic Tom Shales for his retardery, E! gossip columnist Ted Casablanca claimed that Wilson was let go because she wasn’t thin enough:
Our inside comedy sources tell us SNL producers told the curvy Casey to lose 30 pounds during the show’s summer hiatus. They pretty much demanded it. And whether Wilson just couldn’t drop the weight or she just only wanted to give her middle finger some exercise, she didn’t drop a damn pound. And that’s when she was axed, we’re told.
Wilson certainly isn’t slender, but she definitely doesn’t need to lose 30 pounds to do sketch comedy. So if that’s true, then she should be allowed to exact some kind of revenge on Lorne Michaels. Perhaps by sitting on him. I kid, I kid — honestly, I think it’s more likely that Casablanca can’t tell his head from her ass, as determined by this:
There’s some seriously unfunny stuff happening over at Saturday Night Live. First up, just like last year, they’ve added two pretty white chicks to the mostly white cast. These gals might be deserving, but there are plenty of hilarious black and Asian and nonwhite comedians out there who would give the show more diversity.
That’s odd, because Nasim Pedrad is Iranian. I’m pretty sure Iranian is non-white. So SNL got rid of two white cast members, and 50% of the new hires were non-white. Also note how Casablanca says that there are plenty of hilarious minority comedians (his emphasis), but he doesn’t suggest any names.
I always get pissed when people bitch about a comedy troupe’s male-to-female ratio or its lack of racial diversity. It’s COMEDY, you PC dickheads. The only requirement is that it’s FUNNY. Listen, no one will deny that everything and anything Tracy Morgan says is hilarious, but his departure from SNL doesn’t mean that Kenan Thompson is a worthwhile replacement. SNL doesn’t need to be a melting pot representing America, it needs to make me laugh.
*sigh* This is why people hate liberals.
Of course, I’m a white male, so what do I know? I’m just doing my part in the vast conspiracy to keep women and minorities from succeeding. Now excuse me while I collect my statistically larger paycheck.