She's done Save The Last Dance and 'Scandal,' and now Kerry Washington is calling for diversity on 'Saturday Night Live.' The actress recently stood in as host of the show, where she portrayed Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Beyonce in one viewing.
Washington acted as Michelle Obama at the White House, having a candid conversation with her husband before being interrupted by another actor portraying an aid to the Chief of Staff. Kerry said a few lines and then left the scene, only to return as Oprah Winfrey. The actress was in character, doing a wonderful job of portraying the talk show host who was invited to the White House. Washington later took on the role of Beyonce, acting fierce as ever in stylish wear.
The executives of 'SNL' knew that they were asking a lot of Kerry by requesting that she portray three characters in one skit and apologized to viewers for the lack of diversity in its lineup of talent. "The producers of SNL would like to apologize to Kerry Washington for the number of black women she will be playing," read a message right before all of the action began.
Reverend Al Sharpton made an appearance during the skit, calling for more diversity in creating and executing 'SNL' plays. The activist asked that more opportunity be given to writers and actors of various cultures which will in-turn bring more diversity to the show.
'Saturday Night Live' first aired in 1975 on NBC. Kerry Washington began her career as an actress in 1994.