Latina women have issued a call to “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels to hire Latina writers and actresses after a particularly offensive sketch featuring Cecily Strong aired March 8. They started the Twitter hashtag #StillNoLatinas, a play on the show’s initials.
Critics say the hiring of actress Sasheer Zamata and writers Leslie Jones and LaKendra Tookes, which came after months of condemnation regarding the show’s lack of a black female castmember, wasn’t enough to fix the show’s diversity problems. There’s been one Latina castmember in its 38-season history, (Noël Wells is described as “a quarter Hispanic” on her IMDB page) despite the fact that Latinos have been the biggest minority in the U.S. since 2003. ’SNL’ alumni Fred Armisen and Horatio Sanz were both Latino.
They found all sorts of problems with the sketch that sparked the protest: it paraded a litany of stereotypes, and Strong, the actress who played Marisol, is not Latina.
Jenni Ruiza and Jesenia of The Comedy Girls made “Latino Stereotypes for DUMMIES” and included an entreaty to Michaels: Hire us!
“Ebony and ivory are the only two races on “Saturday Night Live” on NBC. How about putting Latinas on your show, Lorne Michaels, please,” they sang.
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