5 Skits SNL’s First Lesbian Cast Member Might Have To Politely Laugh Off

03/29/2012 1:56 PM |


After 37 years of shows rife with lesbian jokes, Saturday Night Live has finally hired its first openly lesbian cast member, Kate McKinnon. The hire is nothing short of a celebration for gay women in comedy, but coming to SNL after its history of using gay women as comedic fodder is kind of like showing up to a party where everyone has already been talking about you. The show might have meant well, even when making jokes about the LGBT community, but the situation is still a little awkward—especially when watching a “lesbian” Charles Barkley in a dress come out to her disbelieving friends. Here are five lesbian sketches SNL’s newest cast member might have to politely laugh off.

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