Jamie Foxx on “SNL” as Madea
by Kirsten West Savali
Academy-Award winning actor, Grammy-Award winning singer, and veteran comedian Jamie Foxx is far from a Black cliche, but his monologue on last night’s Saturday Night Live was one huge stereotype after another. In fact, it was exactly what I envision a modern-day Amos n’ Andy episode would encapsulate — and Foxx was Kingfish and Lightening all rolled into one.
His jokes last night — with the exception of President Barack Obama being more Black during his second term — were clearly designed to engage a White audience. And even his references to the POTUS didn’t extend past dancing, basketball and tardiness.
And as he said to the predominantly White crowd: “How Black is that?”
No, not the stereotypes themselves, but following a long tradition of Black comedy centered around White perceptions.
Seriously, it couldn’t have been more lowbrow if Foxx had done “the Dougie” over to a piano, sang a song about a “big booty ho” for his birthday and started dancing around with 2Chainz — the missing Ying Yang triplet.
But wait, that’s exactly what he did.