Source: Andrew Wallenstein / Variety
NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” is being lauded this week for casting an African-American woman for the first time in many years.
But the hiring of Sasheer Zamata leaves as much to condemn as there is to commend.
Yes, there’s insufficient diversity of all kinds on TV. Anything that remedies that shortcoming deserves kudos. The prevailing whiteness of the medium even as the United States continues to be transformed by profound demographic trends is just plain ridiculous.
But there are right ways and wrong ways to fix the situation, and Zamata’s casting amounts to blatant tokenism. Not calling out “SNL” for its sin would only encourage other shows to follow a bad example.
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