We mean, he seemed like he hardly ever got on the present, but every time he did it was a massive hit. So what was the issue ?? More like issues. Plural.
But after an interview with Ebro In The Morning on Thursday, we have a much better idea what went down.
Basically, the comic says there were a lot of origin of friction, including that he was pigeonholed as merely an impressionist, that the higher ups wouldn’t green light Barack Obama sketches, and that he ruffled feathers by speaking up about the show’s infamous absence of black ladies.
“‘We get this large notion where you put on a dress.’ I’m like, ‘No. I’m not doin’ that.’ ‘What ?? What do you mean you’re not doing it? ‘ ‘I mean, I’m not putting on a dress. I’m not gonna get no tweets from freakin’ … David Banner.”
For those not in the know, for black male musicians being asked to put on a dress is intersecting a controversial line. Many in their own communities — including Dave Chappelle in a 2013 interview — believe black humankinds are consistently made to wear gowns at some level in their Hollywood jobs in an attempt to emasculate them.
This is a real hot button issue for young black musicians, and it seems some of the cast at SNL merely weren’t being sensitive about it — leaving Jay no choice but to refuse, which made him come across as hard to work with.
( Of course, they probably wouldn’t have asked him so much if they’d hired more black ladies early on. Just sayin’ .)
See Jay get real and raw about SNL, remember the late great Charlie Murphy, please explain how he lost so much weight, and more( below )!
What do YOU think of Jay’s explanation?
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