Sunday, April 9, 2017

SNL : Tenement Museum, Polish Immigrants and Italians

Saturday Night Live ended with a sketch about a group of students visiting the Tenement Museum. It featured a reenactment of what life was like in 1913 for working class Polish immigrants.

Louis C.K. and Kate McKinnon play the immigrant couple, using really goofy accents. They shock the teacher and students by making repeated offensive remarks about Italians.

After the reenactment, the 1913 immigrant couple stays in character for a Q & A with the group.

When Kenan Thompson asks a question, Louis C.K. acknowledges him with the term "chocolate face." Later, Louis C.K. says he plans to work hard and save money so he can hire a "chocolate lady" to do the grueling housework for his wife.

Not a very flattering portrait of Polish immigrants. Yes, it's comedy and supposed to be funny. It's not meant to be a serious depiction of these immigrants. It's just kind of weird. Why do a sketch about Polish immigrants having hateful views?


Other derogatory Polish jokes on SNL:

Polish Sully - November 2011

Columbus Polish - December 2010

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