‘Saturday Night Live’ pokes fun at diversity criticism

Kerry Washington, pictured on Oct. 4, 2013.
Kerry Washington, pictured on Oct. 4, 2013. Getty Images

NEW YORK – Saturday Night Live isn’t afraid to take on the issue of its own diversity.

After receiving criticism recently for its lack of a black female cast member, Saturday’s show opened with a skit where guest host Kerry Washington portrayed Michelle Obama, then Oprah Winfrey. She was asked to change into a Beyonce outfit — before executive producer Lorne Michaels stepped in.

Michaels said producers would like to apologize to Washington for the number of black women she’d be asked to portray in the show.

Michaels agreed that having no black women cast members is not ideal and promised to rectify that unless, he said, “we fall in love with another white guy first.”