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SNL’s ‘Black Jeopardy’

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A reader points out that Slate’s original headline said, cluelessly, that “Tom Hanks mocks Donald Trump supporters” in this SNL skit. Somebody must have pointed out that this is a really clever sketch. The piece’s writer (N.B., writers typically don’t write their own headlines) saw it otherwise:

Hosted by Kenan Thompson as Darnell Hayes, this episode of “Black Jeopardy” looked to be an easy setup to mercilessly mock Trump supporters at every turn. Instead, it revealed that conspiracy theorist Doug had a lot more in common with the other contestants—Leslie Jones as Shanice and Sasheer Zamata as Keeley—than most people would have likely expected.

That’s true, but still not quite right. What the piece really shows is that poor and working class folks, both black and white, have more in common than either might have thought.

J.D. Vance alert!

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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