The SNL skit has Obama meeting with the ghost of MLK after Obama’s inauguration and asking MLK, played by Keenan Thompson, whether he’d lived up to King’s dream.
“Have I lived up to your legacy?” Jay Pharoah‘s Obama asked.
“First, have you seen that girl Beyoncé?” King asks, adding that he had to keep “pinching himself” during her performance because he kept thinking he was having one of his “famous dreams.”
In addition, King didn’t seem insulted by Beyonce’s lip synching, but was more proud of how he’d learned Twitter lingo.
The fictitious King also took time out to tease Obama on his wife’s new bangs, saying when she finally gets them cut, the FLOTUS will say, “I can see at last! Thank God all mighty, I can see at last!”
When asked for some honest advice, King said: “You’re the first black president, but we’re still waiting for our first black magician. There hasn’t been a black King of England. And it’s 2013, and there’s still not a single black child in the band One Direction. But tonight, enjoy yourself. You’ve earned it.”
Is this going too far? Is it OK to continually see MLK in comedy skits, considering his historical importance to this country? Or is it all just fair game?