New York, New York - Lorne Michaels finally ended speculation regarding who would be playing the role of presidential nominee, Barack Obama, on SNL this season, announcing that the part would go to the show's other regular impersonator of persons of color, Fred Armisen.
It had been expected that Darrell Hammond would once again don the blackface, gracing viewers with the double-edged sword of his talented in-depth character study, and the stark reminder of the vacuum of black performers still having to be portrayed by white actors in blackface.
However, Armisen is expected to draw less criticism from civil rights groups like the NAACP because he is technically considered a person of color, due to his Filipino heritage.
News of the loss of the Obama role to co-star Armisen reportedly did not go so well with Hammond, who was considered the insider favorite due to his white heritage, just like Obama, and who was also being considered for an NAACP imagine award for most positive blackface role model still on TV.
The NAACP has since withdrawn Hammond's image award nomination in protest.
"What in the hell does a brother have to do around here to play the part of a Black man?" said Kenan Thompson, who reportedly had been trying to lose weight for the prized role.