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MLK Visits Obama On Saturday Night Live

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This past weekend, Saturday Night Live imagined the meeting of two men who had very important days on January 21: President Barack Obama (Jay Pharoah), and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (Keenan Thompson). However, after returning from the grave to speak with the nation’s first black president on the eve of his second inauguration (which fell on MLK Day), Dr. King just wanted to talk about Beyoncé and the First Lady’s bangs.

Raquel Welch was beautiful. Beyoncé was like daaaaamn,” the civil rights leader exclaims.

The sketch, especially the bit about Beyoncé, could have been a nod to allegations of womanizing in King’s life. Or it could have been a criticism of popular focus on trivial news, instead of the pressing issues of the day. Or it could have just been silly.

This isn’t the first time Dr. King’s return has been imagined on screen. Most famously, the adult animated series The Boondocks portrayed an imagined history where Dr. King survived his assassination attempt, awakening from a coma in 2000, only to be disgusted with the state of black culture. His tirade at the end of the episode became a controversial and celebrated criticism.

(But even this version of Dr. King was sometimes distracted: he couldn’t hide his love and amazement at the boneless McRib sandwich.)

What do you think of SNL‘s sketch?

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