My Thoughts Exactly

“The writing on the Melissa McCarthy-hosted SNL this past weekend was much like the characters she played: clumsy, sloppy, and kind of offensive.

“When I first heard Melissa McCarthy was hosting Saturday Night Live, I got excited…. Unfortunately, her episode relied mainly on broad physical comedy and the kinds of stereotypes larger actors have been forced to play for quite some time. Or, as VH1′s Mark Graham put it:

“It’s a shame that the writers gave her such poor material to work with, because Melissa McCarthy is a great comedic actress. Glimmers of this were evident in the well-timed way she delivered the odd decent line in between slapstick gags. But on the whole, it was an especially cringeworthy episode. In all but one of the sketches, you could not have subbed her out for a thin woman, because her appearance was the entire punchline. Contrast this with the Gabourey Sidibe episode, where the writers actually came up with strange and interesting premises for sketches, and it’s apparent that someone was asleep at the wheel.

“In addition to reinforcing negative stereotypes about fat people, this type of writing is just not funny. Great humor is about subverting audience expectations, not fulfilling them. What’s the use of inviting women, the overweight, and minorities into the comedic establishment if they’re just going to be forced to play boring stereotypes? Let’s hope the next thing McCarthy signs onto doesn’t squander her so criminally.”

Jamie Peck in CRUSHABLE on how “Melissa McCarthy Deserved Better Material on Her SNL Hosting Gig”

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