Students Appalled by Steve Martin's SNL 'King-Tut' Skit [VIDEO]
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Students Appalled by Steve Martin’s SNL ‘King-Tut’ Skit [VIDEO]

There once was a time Saturday Night Life brought joy to the wider public, but those were the days where politics made the skits on very rare occasions.

However, SNL is well-known by the very fact that you can never foresee on what’s to come.

The utter shock from the show was proven to be true after students at Reed College in Portland watched an old video of Steve Martin’s famous “King Tut” skit.

The segment intends to belittle the commercialization of the then-famous “Treasures of Tutankhamun” traveling exhibit that overtook America in an instant. Martin sang, acted and made Americans realize not everything is what it seems.

Still, this only caused for the student to call out Martin’s effort to depict ancient Egyptian culture by doing a “blackface.” Have a look:

The skit was played to students as a debate piece on “cultural appropriation,” as per the Washington Examiner. But, students found the skit highly offensive and appealed never to see it again, and to do something else instead.

Now, the group, known as “Reedies Against Racism,” is comparing Martin’s comedic strengths to a person who the N-word.

According to one of the group’s members, the song is “like somebody … making a song just littered with the N-word everywhere.” She further explained the Egyptian clothing on the backup dancers were racist as well. “The gold face of the saxophone dancer leaving its tomb is an exhibition of blackface,” she said.

What’s even more interesting is that they demanded the college to give staff a paid day off, so they would be able to protests.

Liberals have already understood the issue. English professor Lucía Martínez Valdivia, who describes herself as a “gay, mixed-race woman,” said she feels unsafe in class talking of such delicate matters.

“Some colleagues, including people of color, immigrants and those without tenure, found it impossible to work under these conditions. The signs intimidated faculty into silence, just as intended,” she wrote.

She appealed to her fellow faculty to fight against the rigid movement and take a stance on the matter:

“At Reed and nationwide, we have largely stayed silent, probably hoping that this extremist moment in campus politics eventually peters out. But it is wishful thinking to imagine that the conversation will change on its own. It certainly won’t change if more voices representing more positions aren’t added to it.”

What do you think about Steve Martin’s skit?

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5 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Litts

    November 18, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    This was always one of my favorite Steve Martin bits–in fact one Halloween some friends and I went as the “King Tut” skit–one guy as ‘Tut” and me and a girlfriend went as back up dancers-we were the hit of the party! Colleges these days are turning out a bunch of over sensitive nitpickers who will opine over a joke–and Kill unborn children and older people with out blinking an eye with a lot of double speak–while accusing those who don’t agree with them of what they are doing. And no sense of humor besides-with out the ability to laugh at themselves. Makes for a paranoid society.

  2. Bru

    November 18, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    a very hilarious skit ”good for Steve Martin” it was what is was meant to be !!!! comedy!!!! GET A LIFE REED STUDENTS
    …LOL

  3. Robert

    November 18, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    What do I think of Steve Martins King Tut skit? It was AMAZING. Incredibly funny. One of the best skits on SNL. This shows what the true talent on SNL USED to be. Today it’s just all left wing liberal politics. Just hate disguised as comedy.

  4. DSmith

    November 19, 2017 at 12:38 am

    It was funny then….and it’s funny now. People are just looking for a reason to be offended.

  5. Ziggy

    November 20, 2017 at 3:33 am

    When does this kind of hyper-sensitivity to this kind of crap end??

    Will their heads explode when they realize that being “trans-gendered” is actually a form of gender (mis) appropriation?

    I can only hope….

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