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Live from New York, it’s a long line of “Saturday Night Live” cast members dressed in blackface. The sketch comedy show may want to take a look at its own history before mocking others for wearing the racist makeup.

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This past weekend, the variety show featured a nearly five-minute skit that made fun of Virginia lawmakers following recent scandals in which both the state’s governor and attorney general both admitted to wearing blackface in the 1980s.

But there’s just one — make that several — problems. The NBC show has shown prominent cast members, from Jimmy Fallon to Fred Armisen, in dark makeup long after the 1980s, as late as 2009.

In 2000, Fallon appeared in an “SNL” sketch titled “Regis co-host auditions” as comedian Chris Rock in blackface with full makeup and a wig. It appears NBC has pulled the skit from its website, but photos remain. Earlier instances include Joe Piscopo in a 1983 show’s cold opening as Jesse Jackson shortly after the civil rights activist announced he was seeking the presidency in the 1984 election. Billy Crystal also utilized blackface as Sammy Davis Jr. in a 1984 skit.

 

 

 

 

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