Fans of “The Walking Dead” were thrilled last night when the show was parodied on “SNL.”
In the sketch, Rick Grimes (played by Taran Killam) is traveling with his crew, including Nasim Pedrad as trigger-happy 12-year-old Carl who “shot my mom when she was turning into a zombie and it didn’t screw up my head at all.”
The group encounters Lyle, played by host Kevin Hart, who asks to join them, then starts turning into a zombie as they confer. Each time they speak of his impending zombiehood, Lyle accuses them of racism in return. “You’re one of them!” Rick says. “One of them?!” Lyle returns in outrage. There are rationalizations for his transformation: His zombie walk is actually just a pimp walk, and the reason he’s eating his own leg: “diabetes.” The zombie almost gets away with it, too, thanks to his appeals to the humans’ white guilt.
Race was touched upon several other times in the episode. In Weekend Update, Kevin Hart joined Seth Meyers in a “Really!?!” segment about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s negative remarks about the Voting Rights Act. The segment said the South was “the Michael Jordan of racism” and characterized Clarence Thomas as the Supreme Court’s “one black friend”: “Nothing is more racist than having one black friend. Zero black friends is somehow less racist than having one black friend.”