In Portland, Oregon, at Reed College, a small liberal-arts school, a 4 decade old old ‘Saturday Night Live‘ skit by comedian Steve Martin recently caused an uproar over cultural appropriation.
In the classic Steve Martin skit, he performs a goofy song, “King Tut,” meant to satirize a Tutankhamun exhibit touring the U.S. and to criticize the commercialization of Egyptian culture.
The skit is felt to be full on racist! Watch for yourself.
Steve Martin performs his funky musical parody “King Tut,” which satirizes the popularity of the King Tut exhibit. [Season 3, 1978]
Students in a humanities class at Reed College blasted the inclusion of the ancient skit in their coursework, branding it a vile racist example of cultural appropriation. They demanded that it be removed entirely.
One student called the performance, which includes African-Americans clad in faux ancient Egyptian attire, as racist.
“The gold face of the