‘SNL’ hilariously skewers the racial reckoning of Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima brands

'SNL' hilariously skewers the racial reckoning of Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima brands

As one YouTube commenter perceptively observed, only the “offensive characters” – all played by people of color – broke during this sketch. (Yes, technically Pete Davidson broke too. But Pete Davidson always breaks. That’s what he’s there for.)

It didn’t manage to top Dave Chappelle’s scorching monologue that kicked off the show, but this “Uncle Ben” sketch has some heat to it. The sketch revisits a moment earlier in 2020 when brands reacted to America’s forever-ongoing racial reckoning by shutting down the Black faces of those brands, like Aunt Jemima (Maya Rudolph) and Uncle Ben (Kenan Thompson). Read more…

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