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College Students Outraged by Steve Martin’s ‘King Tut’ SNL Skit: A Form of Black Face

Liberal Millennials find everything to be racist and Steve Martin’s portrayal of King Tut is now fair game.

Almost 40 YEARS ago, comedian and actor Steve Martin made SNL history with a hilarious skit based off of the tales of King Tut.

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While this skit has gone down as one of the SNL greats to join its vintage collection, nothing is safe from the racist label staining every aspect of the American culture. Black face is a current term used to describe a white person who uses black makeup to portray an African American person, usually for Halloween. While it was initially meant to be an innocent joke the concept has morphed into that of a minor racial conflict between blacks and whites. Though this term wasn’t coined till more recently Steve Martins forty year old skit is now being likened to the offensive nature of black face.

Via IJR:

As reported by The Atlantic, one Reed College student went as far as to equate the skit with “blackface.”

As The Atlantic reports, a video of the skit was played in a required freshman humanities class, called Humanities 110, “where students learn how to discuss, debate, and defend their readings.”

The reaction to the video was surprising. Or not. The reporter wrote:

“That’s like somebody … making a song just littered with the n-word everywhere,” a member of Reedies Against Racism (RAR) told the student newspaper when asked about Martin’s performance.

She told me more: The Egyptian garb of the backup dancers and singers — many of whom are African American — “is racist as well. The gold face of the saxophone dancer leaving its tomb is an exhibition of blackface.”


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