Amy Poehler on black women & SNL. “Ugh, I don’t want to talk about this. Pass.”


A week after Ani Di Franco finally apologized for her having a feminist song writing retreat at a plantation that white washes slavery so much that  it calls the slaves, “workers,” Amy Poehler comes up with the white feminist #fail for the week. Is it any wonder that the supremely talented Rhetta has never had a major story line or love interest? Amy is no beginner at passing over black women.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey did an interview with the Hollywood Reporter pegged to their hosting Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards. The interview was wide-ranging and well worth reading, about this year’s movies, past awards shows, and the pair’s history as former “Saturday Night Live” players. But it’s what Poehler didn’t say that’s the most interesting.

While Fey answered every question, including ones about controversial topics, with carefully chosen and diplomatic words, Poehler made clear she wasn’t interested in going too far out on a limb — and seemingly growing more frustrated as the interview progressed.

This came through in the pair’s responses to a question about “Saturday Night Live” having cast Sasheer Zamata as its first black female cast member since the departure of Fey and Poehler’s colleague Maya Rudolph in 2007. Fey praised Kerry Washington’s hosting gig in November: “You saw how great it was for Jay Pharoah to have someone playing Michelle Obama opposite [his President Obama]. So I feel like they registered that really quickly and they’ve acted on it really quickly.”

Poehler was less game: “Ugh, I don’t want to talk about this. Pass.”

Read entire article at Salon

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2 responses to “Amy Poehler on black women & SNL. “Ugh, I don’t want to talk about this. Pass.””

  1. Michelle says :

    Hi. While I agree she could have given a more thoughtful, less dismissive/annoyed answer, the Salon article was really misleading. The original interview from The Hollywood Reporter was conducted in December before the new hirings. The question wasn’t about Zamata specifically – it was about whether criticism of SNL’s diversity, or lack thereof, was warranted. Poehler refused to answer multiple questions in the interview and appeared to be increasingly exasperated as it went on. Again, I think she could have responded better – more gracefully and maturely like Fey – but that same quote keeps getting pulled out of context and has now on a life of its own IMO.

    • minowarrior says :

      To each his own but,the fact that she has never given Rhetta a major story line, illustrates that she really isn’t interested in black women.

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