“That Africa skit was tone def [sic], insensitive and inappropriate. Men and women in [Africa] are fighting for their lives and to reduce the continent as [a] sexual destination for white women is shameful.”
Adele and SNL sketch tout ‘massive’ African penis size
Oct 26, 2020
CNN – “Saturday Night Live” is facing a backlash over a sketch in which Adele, Kate McKinnon and Heidi Gardner play White divorcees lusting over African men.
The skit, intended to mock sex tourism, sees the trio encouraging visitors to come to Africa, boasting repeatedly about its “tribesmen” and “massive bamboos,” as Black male extras carry women across a beach in the background. [“Penis, Slang synonyms: arrow, bamboo, banana, beef, beef stick… ” – synonyms.com]
Commentators on social media accused the sketch of propagating stereotypes about the fetishization of Black men, and some said it was ill-timed, given its airing during the EndSARS protests taking place in Nigeria.
“That Africa skit was tone def [sic], insensitive and inappropriate,” Shenequa Golding, a journalist at R&B news website Vibe, wrote on Twitter.
Adele, who hosted the fourth episode of the show’s current season on Saturday, broke character and burst into laughter several times during the scene.
“The skit featured her and cast members Kate McKinnon and Heidi Gardner as divorcees, touting tourism to Africa. The cringe-worthy skit had Adele and the SNL comedians boasting Africa’s ‘tribesmen’ and ‘massive bamboos,’ alluding to the growing trend of women-of-a-certain-age traveling to countries including Gambia to strike up romance with local men in exchange for monetary rewards.” – The New York Post