A recent Saturday Night Live (SNL) skit about Black people being scared to get vaccinated is triggering doctors, Business Insider reported.
On the latest episode of SNL, hosted by Daniel Kaluuya, who portrayed Fred Hampton in the new movie called "Judas and the Black Messiah," the Black cast of SNL made fun of the Black community's hesitancy of getting vaccinated.
I'm not sharing that horrid Black People + COVID vaccine skit- but honestly it is just ANOTHER example of how "representation without morality = white supremacy".— Leslie Mac (@LeslieMac) April 4, 2021
A Black Host & ALLL those Black people in the SNL cast and this vapid, lazy and frankly RACIST skit got on air.
Good Comedy doesn't ignore facts to make jokes, it creates jokes OUT OF THE TRUTH. A FUNNIER skit would have been those family members JUMPING at the chance to get the vaccine & the Dr character being surprised. Imagine that.— Leslie Mac (@LeslieMac) April 4, 2021
Daniel offering $500 & the youngest person jumping at the chance with a quip about not being able to get an appointment.— Leslie Mac (@LeslieMac) April 4, 2021
Kenan's character gladly taking $5K & complaining about not having the internet to get an appointment (insert funny old Black Man complaint abt the interwebs)
Imagine using a platform like SNL to DISPEL FALSE STEREOTYPES about Black people vs perpetuating them. Such an insult to the real barriers to Black folks accessing this damn vaccine.— Leslie Mac (@LeslieMac) April 4, 2021
In the skit, Kaluuya plays a doctor who is also hosting a game show for his family called "Will you take it?" starring fictitious relatives played by Kenan Thompson, Chris Redd, Ego Nwodim, and Punkie Johnson.
The challenge is to have one of his relatives get vaccinated.
"Hell nah!" the Black cast of actors said in response to not getting vaccinated.
As the host of the fake game show, Kaluuya asked his family for $500 in cash, "would any of you just take the COVID vaccine, right now?"
Redd's character, portrayed in casual street clothes and sporting a gold chain, was the first to say no.
Despite the characters on the show having medical complications and demonstrating poor decision-making skills, thus being vulnerable to COVID-19, they were still cautious even as the cash prize got larger each round.
The founder of Advancing Health Equity, Uché Blackstock, tweeted "How did this skit even make it on air?"
"It's deeply problematic — making fun of Black folks declining the vaccine, especially without any context — past and ongoing racism within and outside healthcare institutions. You all should know better by now," she continued.
"This s*** aint funny, @nbcsnl," emergency medicine physician Benjamin Thomas wrote on Twitter. "Playing on stereotypes and generalizations is a dangerous game especially when 75,000 Black lives lives have been lost to #COVID19. Polls show that over 80% of black people want the shot."
A lot of Black people who have hesitancy around the vaccine is because of medical racism and not sheer ignorance. There are also structural barriers that are causing Black people to be vaccinated at a slower rate.— Shanita Hubbard (@msshanitarenee) April 4, 2021
Not one Black person at SNL said this skit is dismissive? https://t.co/iFpaSXIT60
In New York City, 15 percent or less of the Latino and Black communities — which represent about 29 percent and 24 percent of the city, respectively — have received at least one shot.
Though vaccine drives held at New Settlement Community Center, located in the South Bronx, give minorities access to vaccine shots, there are some who will fall to the stigma of not trusting white medical leaders.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) came to the center to address outreach for the minority communities to get vaccinated and said, “The risk is in not taking the vaccine," WIVB, a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Buffalo, N.Y., reported.
my family in dallas struggled so much with even accessing vaccine appointments online they thought there was a conspiracy to keep black people from getting it but yknow, snl chose this route https://t.co/I1LWpQaXDX— ashley ray (@theeashleyray) April 4, 2021
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