Queen Latifah Parodies Gwen Ifill on ‘SNL’
It’s starting to feel like Tina Fey is running for vice president. Fey again returned to “Saturday Night Live” to play Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as the sketch comedy show continued to pull out all the stops in its election year season. Queen Latifah dropped by to portray Thursday’s debate moderator, PBS’s Gwen Ifill, and cast member Jason Sudeikis stepped into the role of Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden. The “SNL” take on the week’s political events has become a dependable part of the news cycle this fall, offering near-immediate parodies of the presidential candidates, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain, and their running mates. The show — particularly the opening sketches — have resonated with higher ratings for the NBC program and increased traffic on its Web site where early-to-bed viewers catch the talked-about sketches in the days after. (Continue Reading…)
Children Aware of Voter Prejudice in U.S.
Children are aware white males have monopolized the US presidency, and most attribute the trend to racial prejudice, according to a study published Sunday. Calling into question the idea children live in a color- and gender-blind world, researchers at the University of Texas, Austin, reveal “most elementary-school-aged children are aware there has been no female, African-American, or Hispanic President.” In addition, “many of the children attribute the lack of representation to discrimination,” said Rebecca Bigler, professor of psychology at the University of Kansas, and lead author of the study, published in the journal Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. (Continue Reading…)
5 O.J. Simpson Jurors Disagreed with 1995 Acquittal
Jury questionnaires released Saturday revealed five of the jurors in O.J. Simpson’s Las Vegas, Nevada, robbery trial said they disagreed with the 1995 verdict where he was found not guilty of two murders. ll 12 jurors had previously heard about Simpson and all but one knew about his acquittal 13 years ago in the Los Angeles, California, stabbing deaths of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. One juror said he agreed that Simpson was not guilty while four said they were unsure. Another said she had “no feelings. It is history.” One juror did not answer the question. (Continue Reading…)