‘SNL’ Makes Nice with Betty White-Led “Women of Comedy” Special
Oh, good. Facebook conquers all not only when Mark What’shisface maybe-steals ideas from classmates and becomes a megazillionairess in the process, but also when its hapless addicts succeed in getting beloved comediennes who probably should’ve landed a plum hosting role on Saturday Night Live decades ago their overdue time in the sun. And while Betty White hosting and featuring on the only episode of SNL worth watching in the last eight to ten years is irrefutably a good thing, there are still a lot of issues around this installment. Issues that make it clear that, basically, a male-dominated sketch show is attempting to address allegations of sexism with a 90-minute LOLlapalooza specifically engineered to shut women up.
White’s hosting duties are part of a larger “Women of Comedy” special the sketch show is drawing up. On the roster, then? Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Molly Shannon. Probably Kristen Wiig, too. Although it would be wise of them to lure back Ana Gasteyer, Cheri Oteri, Maya Rudolph, and Rachel Dratch. And with this idea of a “Women of Comedy” special being relegated to Mother’s Day weekend, essentially it’s like the SNL execs are trying to slap together a show that will justify cases of sexism that would’ve happened anyway. And this does a disservice–even to power players like Fey–by pushing them into this gender-specific underclass. The entire affair seems also like a ham-handed way of the show’s staffers to state, “WOMEN ARE NICE, BUT ONLY WHEN NON-THREATENING AND ON NON-THREATENING HOLIDAYS WHEN WE CAN GET THEM TOGETHER TO BOOST RATINGS.”
This also means that as far as musical guests go, SNL has no choice but to try to squeeze in a Lilith Fair showcase featuring at least half of these artists who are billed for the tour.