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Health care workers are questioning why SNL aired a skit that stereotyped Black Americans’ views of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Actor and SNL host Daniel Kaluuya starred in a skit called “Will You Take It” on April 3, featuring three Black cast members (Kenan Thompson, Chris Redd, Ego Nwodim) and guest Punkie Johnson.
Kaluuya played a doctor who offered money to four high-risk people in exchange for the COVID-19 vaccine. None of the four Black contestants took the cash offer, which grew to $5,000, for the vaccine. Uncle Derek, played by Thompson, said the vaccine wasn’t “worth it” for him despite having two heart attacks, and Aunt Shauna, played by Johnson, said she cannot take the shot because a Facebook post told her Christians can’t take it.
Black physicians criticized the skit’s stereotypical depiction of vaccine hesitancy among Black people, who are the fastest growing demographic to say they have either taken or will take the vaccine. Critics also said the skit did not address the lack of access to vaccine sites among Black people and historical racism in healthcare.
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“How did this skit even make it on air?” Dr. Uché Blackstock, the founder of Advancing Health Equity, wrote on Twitter. “It’s deeply problematic — making fun of Black folks declining the vaccine, especially without any context — past and ongoing racism within and outside healthcare institutions. You all should know better by now.”
No. No. No. @nbcsnl, how did this skit even make it on air?
It’s deeply problematic – making fun of Black folks declining the vaccine, esp without any context – past and ongoing racism within and outside healthcare institutions.
You all should know better by now. https://t.co/xE7c7CoOKH
— uché blackstock, md (@uche_blackstock) April 4, 2021
“This s*** aint funny, @nbcsnl,” said emergency medicine physician Benjamin Thomas. “Playing on stereotypes and generalizations is a dangerous game especially when 75,000 Black lives lives have been lost to #COVID19. Polls show that over 80% of black people want the shot.”
This s*%t aint funny, @nbcsnl Playing on stereotypes and generalizations is a dangerous game especially when 75,000 Black lives lives have been lost to #COVID19.
Polls show that over 80% of black people want the shot.
Vaccine Access >>> Vaccine Hesitancy https://t.co/Ywtd883Q3d
— Benjamin Thomas, MD (@BTMD5150) April 5, 2021
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Source:: Business Insider