It’s obvious that over the years, the folks at SNL don’t see anything wrong with putting white actors in yellow face. They’ve done it numerous times, much to the chagrin of many Asian Americans.
The writers and actor at SNL call it humor. Those offended by yellowface call it racist and insensitive.
It’s common to ridicule such views as politically correct. The term politically correct over the years and what it stands for has become an excuse to be rude and insensitive. In other words, I don’t care what you think because I don’t agree with you. I have the voice box to express my views–a national TV network with a large audience. I’ll use it even if it offends because your views don’t matter. The lily white staff of Saturday Night Live, whether they know it or not, are asserting their white privilege.
They did that again last night when they lampooned those who advocate for more culturally sensitive dolls and other toys. I disagree with the message, but at least the message was done this time without resorting to yellowface and other racist caricatures.
NBC has removed the clip of the sketch, but you can catch it about 11 minutes into Saturday’s episode.