He will be the first South Asian American to ever host the show, reports the Washington Post. Just four Asian Americans have played that role in SNL’s 41 year history. Two have been Chinese American, Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu. The others were part Asian. Bruno Mars’ mother is Filipino and Fred Armisen’s father is German and Japanese. Before he hosted the show, Armisen was also a regular cast member from 2002 to 2013.
SNL has been criticized for using its mostly White ensemble cast to portray Asians in a stereotypical way including in 2014 during a sketch on martial arts and early in its history with John Belushi playing a recurring character as a samarai.
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