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TV: Latina Women Demand SNL Hire Latina Comedienne After Offensive Caricature

by Inkoo Kang
March 28, 2014 1:01 PM
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Comedienne Cecily Strong as "Marisol" on SNL

Taking inspiration from the sustained campaign that led to Saturday Night Live's hiring of Sasheer Zamata, the first black comedienne to join the cast in nearly seven years, Twitter activists have started the hashtag #StillNoLatinas to call for a Latina comedienne to be hired by the long-running sketch show. 

#StillNoLatinas -- the initials are SNL, get it? -- was launched after the March 8 episode, which included a skit satirizing Men's Rights groups but also offended many for its depiction of an airheaded beauty-pageant type named Marisol who spoke English loudly and poorly. Sample quote from Marisol, speaking of her husband who brought her to America as a mail-order bride: "He was so persistent, and so I yet him bring me to USA!" (Watch the offending skit here.) To add insult to injury, the caricature was played by Cecily Strong, who is not of Latino descent.

Though the diversity numbers on SNL are pretty terrible across the board, they're particularly egregious when it comes to Latino participation. As the Washington Post notes, Latinos have constituted the U.S.'s largest minority group since 2003, but the only castmembers who can claim Latin American heritage are comedienne Noel Wells ("a quarter Hispanic" according to her IMDb page) and male alumni Fred Armisen and Horatio Sanz.

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  • Corey P. | March 29, 2014 8:41 AMReply

    Basically, hashrag activists want every cast to look like Glee, say important things, still be hilarious and edgy, but be a completely safe space.

    When you place activism before art you get bad activism and bad art.

  • Budmin | March 28, 2014 6:51 PMReply

    Serves them right. They insulted men and Hispanic people with that moronic sketch. Trying to be politically correct, HA!

  • colig | March 28, 2014 2:49 PMReply

    good god when is all this Pc whining gonna about some chinese cast members,or hindu or native american.i'm italian and there have only been maybe 5 italian's in the cast so does that mean i should start pissing and moaning.there have been more blacks then italians but so what.they hire who they hire so live with it and shut up.

  • Mark | March 29, 2014 8:13 PM

    Well, uh, actually, there HAS been a prominent I-talian on the show, they just were a bit, uh, "whitewashed", I guess would be the, uh, word.

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