Saturday Night Live's funny man, Jay Pharoah, does more than just deliver side-splitting comedy to millions of viewers each week. In addition to using his many voices to keep people laughing, he wants to use his real voice to speak out on the recent controversy surrounding the 40 year-old program. Pharoah, a 26 year-old master impersonator, who has been leading many of SNL's skits, has also been publicly making a stance due to the lack of diversity on the hit TV show, especially when it comes to hiring women of color.
In recent months, SNL has come under fire through several media outlets due to its lack of diversity among its female cast members. Since Maya Rudolph exited the show back in 2007, there have been no African-American woman cast on the ever-popular variety show.
Pharoah believes that SNL's producers need to "pay attention" because there are some very talented women from all ethnic backgrounds who should be granted an opportunity and not be overlooked. He's stated that if the people who are in the positions to make the decisions are having trouble finding someone who will fit the bill, he will assist them in that task because he knows plenty of women of color who would definitely do a wonderful job if they are given the chance.