Saturday Night Live Transcripts
Season 4: Episode 11
[FADE IN on the BLACK PERSPECTIVE logo as African drum music from Roots plays in the background. FADE to Garrett Morris in the hosts chair.]
Garrett: Good evening. Welcome to Black Perspective. Im your host, Garrett Morris. Tonight were going to be discussing role models… with our guest, Cicely Tyson, who, as a DOUBLE Emmy Award-winning actress, is herself a most positive role model for young blacks. Good evening, Cicely.
Cicely: Good evening, Garrett. Thank you. [smiles] It is true that I try through my work, I mean, through the parts that I choose, to show that, uh, the black women has [sic] been a strong, positive figure throughout American history, yes.
Garrett: Well, certainly your portrayals of, uh, Jane Pittman, and Harriet Tubman, running the Underground Railroad–and right on to THAT–uh, have demonstrated the courage, the determination of the black woman throughout our history. But, now, Hollywood wasnt always that kind to the black woman, was it?
Cicely: [laughing] Oh, no.
Garrett: Tell me.
Cicely: It certainly was not, Garrett.
Cicely: Uh, until just a few years ago, the only parts available to black actresses have been those of maids. You very well know that.
Garrett: Uh-huh. Cicely: For a while, I… [snickers] I mean, I grew up believing that white people didnt know how to pick up after themselves. [laughter] Of course, now I know SEVERAL self-sufficient whites.
Garrett: [laughs] Cicely, Cicely, uh, um, I know a few too.
Cicely: [giggling] Im sure you do!
Garrett: Yeah. Uh… Cicely, now, now, look. You tell us: why do you think that Hollywood, until recently, refused to offer positive role models to the black woman? I mean… why?
Cicely: Well… I think… Garrett, I think until recently, this was a mans society.
Cicely: And, um, an ethnic group or race was really judged by its men.
Garrett: Mm. Cicely: So what I think happened was that… the black woman… has just gotten a raw deal because black man has always been such a loser.[HOLD on a closeup of Garrett glaring icily at her.]
Garrett: Say WHAT?[laughter]
Cicely: I mean, you are all so shiftless, and lazy–I mean, just TOO shiftless and TOO lazy to get anywhere!
Garrett: Wait-wait-wait-wait-wait-wait a minute, uh, Cicely, Im not sure I understand what youre sayin, now. Could you…
Cicely: Its not complicated at ALL, Garrett. It is very simple.
Garrett: Well, break it down for me, will you? Cicely: I mean, its very simple. Black men just RUINED it for black women. I mean, you were always busy gettin high, pimpin, tryin to prove your manhood by fightin, and stealin, and wheelin, and dealin, instead of studying like the Jewish men![laughter]
Garrett: Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh… uhhhhhhhhh…
Cicely: I mean, do you think that Barbra Streisand has any difficulty getting parts?
Garrett: Well, now, listen, bitch. Uh…
Cicely: [enraged] GARRETT!! [starts to rise from chair] I mean, thats what WRONG with you black men!!
Garrett: [holds up hands] Joke! Joke!
Cicely: I dont talk that way!
Garrett: Cicely, you have the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen in my life!
Cicely: Oh, man, dont give me that!!
Garrett: The avenues for the white man…
Cicely: I dont need you to tell me about my eyes!
Garrett: …have been traditionally closed to black men, now, you know that!
Cicely: Hey, listen! You all fall back on that old story all the time! Its old, its cliched–forget it! The black man just never got himself together–and thats all there is to it! I mean, look what you all did to Detroit! That USED to be a NICE town![laughter and applause]
Garrett: Well, now, come to think of it, my daddy WAS a little shiftless, you know.
Garrett: Well, I wish I could continue with this, but were out of TIME. Uh, tune in next week… [Cicely begins to stand up and gets into his shot] …when we talk to former Senator Edward Brooks about his perjured testimony in his divorce proceedings, AND now stay tuned to The World at War, starring Richard Burton. [points finger at Cicely] Now, you know I never…
Cicely: Were really out of time!
Garrett: Cicely, will you let me say something?[As they continue arguing, ZOOM in on the Black Perspective logo on the wall above them. Papa Was a Rolling Stone by the Temptations is heard playing. FADE to black.]
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