Deleted SNL Sketch Captures Ferguson Anxieties Perfectly
There's nothing like the awkwardness (and all-out discomfort) of casual banter in the wake of absolute tragedy says a deleted scene from this past weekend's episode of SNL. The James Franco-hosted affair suspiciously left out its only biting commentary on the frustration, confusion and pain rippling out from Ferguson, MO, though it would have easily been its best of the night and some of its only mention of the events throughout the entirety broadcast. It found two St. Louis talk show hosts skittishly avoiding conversation regarding what the week's protests had meant for those who weren't protesting, but dealing with the tension on a personal level. What's more, it's a perspective that's actually been overlooked over these trying weeks; that of your typical do-gooder trying to make sense of it all and not step on any toes in the process, but managing to craft jarring statements out of the sheer absence of something meaningful to say. So let this omitted sketch be a lesson to us all, that if you don't have anything constructive to say, maybe just hang out in the wings for a bit until the words come. You can watch SNL's awfully uncomfortable deleted scene below.