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[VIDEO] ‘SNL’ reveals racist tropes in ‘Walking Dead’ skit

SNL Walking Dead skitIf you save your friend from a black zombie, you might be a racist, according to a “Saturday Night Live” skit that aired this weekend.

The routine parodied the popular AMC show “The Walking Dead,” a television show about humans trying to survive in a world overrun by zombies.

In the “SNL” skit, the group stumbles upon a lone black man who swears up and down that he’s not a zombie, but while the group huddles together to decide whether to let the man into their group, the man is bitten by a zombie and becomes a zombie himself.

When the group points out the sudden changes in his appearance and demeanor, the black man says they’re being “racist” and the group immediately backs off.

One of the group says, “You’re one of them!” to which the newly turned zombie responds, “Excuse me, one of them? Oh my God! This is so racist right now!”

Later in the skit he adds, “When someone comes from a different cultural background than you, they’re automatically a zombie?!”

When the group points out the man/zombie is walking strangely, he claims it’s his “pimp walk.”

“It’s called swag!” he says.

Finally, the zombie starts eating the token girl in the group and the humans ask him to stop eating their friend.

“I’m sorry, would you rather me eat some fried chicken or some watermelon?” the zombie responds defensively.

“SNL is playing off the common occurrence in American culture that when someone pulls out the race card, there is nothing you can say or do to defend your previous remark as not racial. You must immediately drop the argument no matter how in the right you are, or else people might think you’re a racist.

It’s also interesting that “SNL” chose “Walking Dead” as the backdrop for this point, since the show has been applauded by right-wingers in the past for emphasizing conservative principles.

Watch the skit for yourself below.

 

 

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  1. timmanie says:

    Hey Laura. It looks like they are playing up both sides of racism to create controversy and to get viewers to watch their show. You are aware that Zombies are made up entities and are not real right? Therefore, even the scenario is not realistic which means that justifying a reason to go after this ficticious character and trying to pull in the realness of racism which was, and still is an issue in our country makes you look as silly as SNL’s skit. You can’t make reality out of Twilight can you?

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