Adele and SNL under fire for sketching sex tourism in Africa

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The skit, intended to poke fun at sex tourism, sees the trio encouraging visitors to come to Africa, repeatedly bragging about its “tribes” and “huge bamboos,” as black male extras carry women on. a beach in the background.

“This African sketch was tone, callous and inappropriate,” Shenequa Golding, reporter for the R&B Vibe news site, wrote on Twitter. “Men and women in Nigeria, Namibia, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are fighting for their lives and reducing the continent as a sexual destination for white women is shameful.

MTV host Dometi Pongo added, “If you want to try to touch that, it has to be just a little smarter and more nuanced or not touch it at all. Not for the moment). “

Adele, who hosted the show’s fourth episode of the show’s current season on Saturday, broke the character and burst out laughing several times during the scene.The simulated tourism trade features Africa as “the number one destination for middle-aged divorcees” and features McKinnon’s character repeatedly bragging about the continent’s “great and great tribes”.

The three describe how they were greeted by tribes after their divorce, using suggestive puns to encourage other women to settle in Africa.

During their musical performance in the same episode, singer’s band HER wore t-shirts bearing the slogan #ENDSARS, in solidarity with protesters in Nigeria protesting against police brutality and the infamous anti-police special police unit. flight of the country.

CNN has reached out to representatives for NBC Universal and Adele for comment.

Adele, who is reportedly working on her fourth studio album, faced controversy in August after posting a photo of herself on Instagram wearing Bantu bows, a Jamaican flag bikini top and other popular carnival clothing in Afro-Caribbean cultures.

The singer was celebrating what would have been Notting Hill Carnival, the second largest carnival in the world, which typically takes place on the streets of west London every summer but has been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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