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A Trump Voter Plays 'Black Jeopardy': Watch This Politically Incorrect, Weirdly Moving SNL Skit

People have more in common than their politics suggest.

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An amazing skit from the most recent episode of Saturday Night Live offers a glimmer of hope that our national political dialogue can still be salvaged once this unrelentingly divisive and demoralizing campaign season is done.

Like a lot of good satire, the skit is politically incorrect, relying on stereotypes that the social-justice-left might find upsetting. And yet it says something important about our common humanity. And it's funny! That's the most important thing.

Background: "Black Jeopardy," hosted by Kenan Thompson, is a recurring skit on SNL. In this old, representative episode, white person Louis CK is pitted against two black contestants, and fails miserably to answer impossible questions that are hyper-specific to black culture and language. (Answer: "She think she cute." Question: "Who is Monique?")

Now watch Saturday's episode, in which the third contestant is a white dude wearing a Make America Great Again hat played by Tom Hanks.

The joke, of course, is that Hanks' character "Doug," despite being a Trump supporter—and all the malicious backwardness that implies—is actually more clued-in to the show's logic than Louis CK's character, and has more in common with the black contestants than one might expect. Doug, for instance, is able to successfully answer "They out here saying, the new iPhone wants your thumbprint 'for your protection,'" with "What is 'I don't think so, that's how they get you?'"

"Yes!" Thompson cheers.

Black contestant Keeley nods in agreement. "I don't trust that," she says.

"Me neither," says the third contestant, Shanice.

Doug's winning streak continues. After Keeley correctly answers "Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween" to the question "They out here saying, this movie doesn't deserve an Oscar," Doug notes that he also enjoys the Madea movies, which prompts Thompson to shake his hand.

The racial/ethnic/political harmony might be short-lived: the final Jeopardy category "Lives That Matter," draws the remark, "well, it was good while it lasted," from Thompson.

The writing for this skit is clever and funny, and it actually makes a good point: Politics may try desperately to divide us, but people who have been carelessly written off into different interest groups can still share common interests far more meaningful than their party identification. Good on SNL for finding something profound and funny to say about Trump voters.

Of course, it took practically no time at all for the left-of-center media to attempt to ruin the moment. Cue The Hill: "Tom Hanks Mocks Trump Supporters in 'SNL' Skit." Talk about missing the point:

"Doug," a contestant on the game show "Black Jeopardy," sports a signature "Make America Great Again" hat. Hanks's character, a conspiracy theorist, distrusts the electoral system.

"They out here saying that every vote counts," one of the questions in the game reads.

"What is, 'C'mon, they already decided who wins, even before it happens,' " answers Hanks, who said earlier this month that he was "offended as a man" by Trump's lewd talk about groping women without their consent in a leaked video from 2005.

The late-night comedy show appeared to be mocking Trump's claims that the election is being rigged against him. During the third presidential debate of 2016, the GOP nominee refused to say whether he would accept the results of the presidential election.

The Hill's recap glosses over the fact that Doug's answer, "they already decided who wins, even before it happens," is the correct one. It draws an exuberant, "Yes! The Illuminati already figured that out months ago," from Thompson. SNL isn't mocking Doug's ignorance—it's suggesting one of two things: either that conspiracy theorizing is cross-ideological, or that the idea of a rigged election isn't totally insane, from the perspective of black people. (And hey, it's not!)

If SNL is "mocking" Trump voters, it's also making the more sophisticated point that you might not loathe the average Trump voter as much as you would expect, if you stopped to talk to him. The Dougs of the world have redeeming qualities, even if partisan politics is working hard to obscure that basic truth. As is the media, it would seem, in this specific case. Sorry if that makes me sound like a Trump guy.

Updated at 9:25 a.m.: From Slate, "Watch Tom Hanks Mock Trump Supporters in SNL's Black Jeopardy."

Updated at 11:00 a.m.: Slate changed the headline to, "Watch Tom Hanks as a Trump Supporter in SNL's Surprisingly Astute Black Jeopardy Sketch."

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  1. Sowell did it first.

    1. Without the complicit media’s obvious propaganda tactics, the truth would be far more obvious.

      Most trump supporters do not even like him. This is clearly a rejection of Washington and I think most trump supporters would vote for a horse if it was considered non-establishment. At least it is refreshing that many americans understand the perils of our path.

      As much as I think trump and hillary are the same person, at least he is not the same old existing corrupt scum.
      I believe wholeheartedly that he will be become that scum once in office.

      That said, I still think he has very good odds of winning from the people that actually vote.

      1. After Trump wins this election, we will see if he will stay non-establishment or go corrupt. The most likely scenario is that Democrats and RINOs in Congress and the media will fight anything he tries to do.

        If Hitlary were to win, Democrats and RINOs in Congress and the media would allow her to do anything she wanted.

        1. After Trump wins this election

          Riiight.

          we will see if he will stay non-establishment or go corrupt.

          He can be corrupt and “non-establishment.” These things are not mutually exclusive.

          The most likely scenario is that Democrats and RINOs in Congress and the media will fight anything he tries to do.

          Um, I’m sorry, isn’t that a good thing?

          If Hitlary were to win, Democrats and RINOs in Congress and the media would allow her to do anything she wanted.

          I don’t believe this at all. Certainly the media will lick her taint, but most people hate Hillary, and she’ll be under an extreme microscope as president. The only card she’ll be able to play is the “first female president” and that’s only going to take her so far.

          1. Just look to desperate Democrat behavior against trump. He is a threat because they know he will win.

            You are right those terms could be mutually exclusive. In this election cycle, non-establishment implies outsider who does not play corrupt politics.

            Yes, Congress and the President not doing anything is good, which is why I listed it.

            Just like Obama, Hillary would get a pass on everything. Obama implemented policies that took years to stop the damage. Luckily, she won’t win.

            1. The desperate democratic behavior is par for the course in every election. We’re getting 8 years of hillary , and we’re getting it good and hard.

              1. We’re getting 8 years of Hillary
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              3. No… actually no we’re not.

          2. Trump won. Eat it bro.

  2. It’s almost as if identity groups are some bullshit, or something!

    1. I have been wondering the same thing. Spooky.

      I have noticed that during elections and when bloated governments start to fail, the theater of the obscured becomes commonplace. Is that just a coincidence?

      For example, the media seems to latch onto ridiculous, stupid, and contrived memes that seem to be fomented by politicians for political gain. Is it possible that the media is a propaganda arm of the governments?

      tranny bathroom crises
      black lives matter only when police are involved and race can be exploited
      our military is crumbling and being weakened.
      sexual assault accusations that disappear after lections
      social justice trends
      clown scares
      refusal to say whether you lose or not.
      alien hordes

      But it is certainly no crisis that the twat running for president is a proven criminal with thousands of pages of physical evidence. Nothing to see there.

    2. I always have thought that Occupy and The Tea Party had some in common. Of course the media would never let that be a part of the narrative.

  3. That was actually pretty good.

    “Tom Hanks Mocks Trump Supporters in ‘SNL’ Skit.”

    Um, wouldn’t that mean he was mocking black people as well, since they all agreed on pretty much everything Doug said?

    1. Buying into social justice and identity politics means never having to think critically or realistically about other people, dude.

    2. Um, wouldn’t that mean he was mocking black people as well

      Well, no. Because, uhm… reasons. Hey look, a cat video! /progtard

    3. Was there ever a time when racism wasn’t partially if not wholly a thought-terminating cliche?

      Maybe like half a century ago, maybe?

  4. “But, I want the pickle.”

  5. I had the same impression when I watched this SNL skit, and it was big surprise that SNL writers in NYC were capable of comprehending that a Trump supporter wearing a MAGA cap is not an inherently a deplorable seething with hate. It was good to see that the writers had not fallen for the white privilege nonsense that would portray the Tom Hanks character as inherently opposed to persons of color. Instead, this character shares the skepticism of Black Jeopardy host and contestants regarding the country’s ruling elite.

    1. To me, it is a big surprise that Saturday Night Live is still on the air.

      1. Lorne Michaels is like the Canadian Fidel Castro of American television.

          1. Alec Baldwin.

      2. Yeah, that too. I quit watching about twenty years ago.

        1. Thirty years for me. SNL used to be edgy.

          You have to actually have harsh cracks on SJWs, politicians and famous people to be edgy.

        2. SNL lurches back into relevance and watchability during Presidential elections, and has for several cycles. Only to revert to dreck shortly after.

          1. Actually, I find most of their political humor to be terrible. It’s trying too hard and isn’t naturally funny. It’s when they get weird (Synchronized swimmers, Stefan more recently) that they find funny.

    2. I was reticent to even watch the skit, despite the recommendation. But it was actually a really funny take and it had something to say.

      SNL political humor is usually of the “Look how evil/stupid the republican is” and “Can you believe the democrat hero has to put up with this stupidity from the republicans”.

      My one critique of the SNL skit would be the notion that poor white southerners are somehow uncomfortable around black people. The south has a much higher minority population than most other areas of the country, and poor folk in the south all live and work together. Even the clan guys are likely to be friends with a few black dudes at their job on the loading dock.

      But the humor and insight were excellent in this bit – which is very unusual for SNL.

      1. Hence the infamous “you’re one of the good ones” most people are better at being hateful etc in the abstract, than they are in their actual day to day life.

        1. Racism and hate don’t necessarily go together (though of course they can). Just as in the past, men typically thought women were inferior. Perhaps they still do if we’re being honest. Doesn’t mean they’re all vile misogynists suffering from some kind of messed up mental issues. They just saw the world in terms of a particular hierarchy of abilities, based on how they found it.

      2. Great point! Proggie Manhattanites prefer to keep the soiled masses in Harlem, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, etc. and away from them.

        In the South, anyone can be your neighbor.

      3. Even the clan guys are likely to be friends with a few black dudes at their job on the loading dock.

        This is one of my favorite examples of this manner of racist-hysteria role reversal. Being clear I’m 100% in favor of NPR punching in whatever David Duke’s direction is, especially if he’s running for public office. I just think that saying “Jews are white and whites hold all the power and wealth in this country.” and “Duke’s a backwards moron who, despite living in a State founded and built by black people, thinks whites are an oppressed minority.”, is a bit of ceding the point and arguing against yourself. There’s so much fact, pointless minutiae, and historical disconnect to drown a guy like Duke with but, apparently, for the cosmopolitan NPR donors and the independent-minded NPR listenership, it’s much easier just to point out that the White racist Nazi Klansman refuses to just accept the fact that Jews are white an powerful.

        1. End NPR funding and other worthless returns on taxpayer dollars. Cut the remaining government budgets by 50%+.

        2. Poor and working-class whites are oppressed, it’s just that their oppressors are rich, elite, costal whites, and their bien pensant media Brown Shirts, not visible minorities.
          However, race-baiting is one of the cudgels the clerisy uses to inflict a lot of their abuse, so it’s no surprise that the dumber poor whites lash out against the club and not it’s wielder.

      4. No kidding. Its back a few years, but I went to school in Richmond, VA, went to Boston for law school, and came to Richmond. There is no question whatsoever that back then, at least, race relations were much better in Richmond than Boston.

        I suspect your coastal media elites live in some of your more racist precincts, and project that the rest of the country must be worse. They are wrong, again, per usual.

        1. Probably too late to share, but I’ll do it anyway…

          Back in the 80’s in college I met a guy from Long Island. He earnestly asked a couple of us southerners why we hated black people.

          After some “actually, nobody hates black people” discussion, it became apparent that he really had no knowledge or experience with real race relations. My high school was about half white, half black. Some others from the south had similar experiences.

          After some further discussion, he said “I have a black friend and….” Whoa…. wait a minute.

          So I asked him to tell me about this friend…. it turns out she was more of an acquaintance than a friend. And one of only 2 black people in his entire school – a huge school with more than 3,000 in his class alone.

          Wow. His school was far more segregated than the most segregated areas in my home state. He had no clue. Here he was, lecturing us about race relations and racial sensitivity and he had reached college without ever being exposed to black people. Having never been to a gathering where he was the minority.

          It blew my mind. He was so profoundly ignorant, not only of the nature of race relations, but of the giant dose of prejudice he had absorbed living in his segregated cocoon. He had all of this projected nonsense aimed at a cartoon version of the south he had gleaned from TV sitcoms. It was instructive, if painful to witness.

          1. It’s the same in foreign countries. The international story is that Americans are all horribly racist. Then they come here for college or something and naively stay in the worst part of town, and emerge the biggest racists of all.

            1. “The international story is that Americans are all horribly racist.”

              that is not true. The Prog story is that Americans are all horribly racist, and they portray that story to the international community in media and entertainment. It is a domestic story told outward because of some bizarre psychosis of white guilt.

              There are very few countries in the world that are less racist that the US and those are largely small, global trading hubs that have a very long history of multi-culturalism.

      5. The old, old saw is “Southern whites don’t mind blacks being close, as long as they don’t get too uppity. Northern whites don’t mind blacks being uppity, as long as they don’t get too close.”

  6. How nice. A morality play.

    1. Greek tragedy?

  7. People have more in common than their politics suggest.

    Well, that follow up comment from Thompson (“Yes! The Illuminati already figured that out months ago[!]”) is a clear, condescending and patronizing jab at the conspiracy theory-minded Trumpista. It doesn’t suggest to me that the SNL writers believe pre-election paranoia crosses party lines. I don’t think they’re that subtle or clever.

    1. I’m not gonna pretend to be super well-versed in black culture, but a lot of rappers play around with Illuminati lyrics and imagery because a not-so-insignificant chunk of their fans buy into grand conspiracy theories. I think it’s keeping with the rest of the skit

    2. Allow me, OldMexican, as an American ‘black’ to break it down for you, carnale. The gist of the sketch is not to reinforce the media’s profitable construct of the ‘Trump supporter’ as an angry, ignorant, conspiracy-minded white yokel but just another American, like many of his black countrymen and women, who is marginalized and voiceless inside the dualing echo chambers of elite politics.

      And a further note on ‘conspiracies’, look up the Tuskegee experiments or Cointelpro. Paranoia to communities historically marginalized by their own country’s government is often not paranoid at all, it’s smart.

      And last, if you look for condescension and patronization they are usually where you project it. So there’s that.

  8. The sketch is making fun of Trump voters for being racists.

    It’s saying Trump voters are all fine and dandy right up until they start talking about whether black lives matter.

    It’s calling Trump voters racists.

    1. That’s all you got from it?

      More than that, it was pointing out the irony that (en masse) Blacks and Trump voter demographics would have significant overlap on a venn diagram.

  9. I love how the headline changes but the link/screentip does not

  10. As is the media, it would seem, in this specific case. Sorry if that makes me sound like a Trump guy.

    yup.

  11. Everyone at SNL needs to be burned alive

  12. My interpretation about this wasn’t that it was simply a matter of shared interests, but more specifically about similarities between urban black culture and rural white culture, similarities that the educated, white suburbanites of previous “Black Jeopardy” skits just don’t get.

  13. Definitely funny–and that’s enough for me–but moving and hopeful? Why, because everyone, blacks and whites, are depicted as being equally trashy? Thanks, but I’ll keep the divisiveness, if that’s the only alternative to a lowest common denominator world where everyone thinks of lottery tickets as retirement planning and the idea of having “one good chair” is commonplace and relatable. Sounds snobbish, I know, but c’mon man!

    1. “as being equally trashy?”

      I didn’t see trashy. Lottery tickets as retirement planning are stupid, but after previous financial meltdowns and the ponzi scheme that is social security, I can see where the shared distrust is coming from.

      Yes, often times poor people are poor because they make poor decisions. It doesn’t mean that they are terrible unkind people.

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  15. “If SNL is “mocking” Trump voters, it’s also making the more sophisticated point that you might not loathe the average Trump voter as much as you would expect, if you stopped to talk to him. The Dougs of the world have redeeming qualities, even if partisan politics is working hard to obscure that basic truth. As is the media, it would seem, in this specific case. Sorry if that makes me sound like a Trump guy.”

    How is not loathing the average Trump voter a “sophisticated point”. WTF Robby. All sides have fringe aholes, but the average Trump voter is a normal everyday person. Per current polling, almost half the country is a Trump voter.

    Progs push the hate and you are given credence to that. go to hell.

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