The sketch starring Tom Hanks and Leslie Jones showed that America's problems are as much about class as about race. - From Washington Post
Just before midnight Saturday, Tom Hanks put on a denim shirt, a goatee and a red “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” hat, and in six minutes pulled off the best political sketch of the year — and it didn’t even feature Kate McKinnon or Alec Baldwin as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
“Saturday Night Live” has staged its “Black Jeopardy” sketch a few times before, pitting its African American cast members against white guest hosts who can’t overcome their own whiteness to answer clues about black culture and jargon.
This time, though, the white contestant — a Trump supporter named Doug played by Hanks — proved to be surprisingly adept at “Black Jeopardy.” After Leslie Jones picked a category titled “They Out Here Saying,” Kenan Thompson read the clue: “They out here saying that every vote counts.” Hanks buzzed in and answered in a tight-jawed drawl: “What is ‘Come on, they already decided who wins even ’fore it happens.’ ” Historically, the sketch has embellished black stereotypes and mocked white people’s political correctness.
This time around, it found common ground between African Americans and rural white conservatives: a sense of disenfranchisement, a distrust of authorities and, more playfully, an appreciation of curvy women.
[‘I always get back up': Leslie Jones returns to social media after nasty hack] The sketch — written by “Weekend Update” co-anchor Michael Che and SNL co-head writer Bryan Tucker — was smart, funny and topical (a rare trifecta on SNL) and slyly illustrated that America’s problems are just as much about class as about race.