SNL took a swipe at white people kicking up a fuss over Beyonce's black pride anthem.
The parody, titled The Day Beyonce Turned Black, aired last night on SNL and has quickly gone viral.
This is the best skit SNL has ever done ? https://t.co/osLB1JkwpF
— Shady Music Facts (@musicnews_shade) 15 fevereiro 2016
The send-up is referencing the rather outlandish reaction to the singer's new song, as she namechecks various aspects of black culture, a young black boy is seen dancing in front of police, and Beyonce sings while atop a sinking police car. It proposes that the same white people who would gladly listen to Single Ladies without a second thought would (or do) become offended once a black entertainer doesn't sing about things they can directly relate to. The skit also highlights the erasure of race in black women compared to defining black men via their race.
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