SNL–Al Sharpton

It’s good to see that the ongoing protests and riots are at least helping somebody. Saturday Night Live apparently reached the point where even they couldn’t take any more of Al Sharpton’s endless appearances at rallies around the nation this weekend and set their own version of him up for an interview.

This was interesting timing, since Sharpton has been coming under increasing scrutiny lately. His appearances in both Ferguson and Staten Island have had some conservative commenters wondering if he’s not actually adding to or inciting the violence we’re seeing. For at least some, this is reminiscent of another tragic story which took place in the early 90s during the Crown Heights riots. The fact that Sharpton played a role in that tragedy is not a matter of debate, and one which Sharpton admits without ever actually offering an apology, as described in this 2011 account.