So last week NBC announced that Saturday Night Live had hired two new female players. I was super exited about this because that meant there would be 6 women on the show! I cannot express enough how awesome this is. Well, this morning my dreams of woman domination of SNL were crushed when it turns out that yes, Michaels hired two new women, BUT this came at the price of firing Casey Wilson and Michaela Watkins! Watkins was one of my favorites of the last season with her Bitch Pleaze skit and hilarious portrayal of Hoda Kotb. And Wilson, a stand-out on the show has such subtle comedic timing that you didn’t realize you were laughing until your pants were already wet–yes, I’m saying this from experience.
Of COURSE Michaels promotes the fantastic (and only regular woman player) Kristen Wiig to Weekend Update with Seth Meyers, because, well she deserves it. But he also kept the “pretty” Abby Elliott. I would give my opinion of her, but since she was never given a strong part last season and all she is to me is nice looking, I don’t really have an opinion.
Ultimately this SUCKS! This is a HUGE step backwards for women in comedy and once again proves that men have the power when it comes to saying what is funny and what isn’t. Yeah, I just went feminist all over that, but it’s true. And, if Michaels was going to fire someone to hire someone, why couldn’t he have hired a black woman? Why did he have to hire two more “pretty” white women to fill in? I guess that would be asking too much–we can have a black president and a black first lady, but we have to get a Spanish man in black face to impersonate him on a comedy show and no one can play his wife. Yep, sounds about right!
Source: Seacoast Online, SNL Women: 2 Fired? 2 Hired?