Skip to comments.SNL Sketch About 'The One Black Guy In Every Commercial' Is Uncomfortably Close To The Truth
Posted on 02/13/2013 7:16:33 AM PST by blam
SNL Sketch About 'The One Black Guy In Every Commercial' Is Uncomfortably Close To The Truth
Feb. 12, 2013, 9:25 AM
This weekend, Saturday Night Live regular Kenan Thompson did a Weekend Update bit as "Corey," "the one black guy in every commercial."
Corey's life consists playing drums at Venice Beach, DJing, and partying with "Hispanic girls with bangs and thrift-store outfits, and white guys who dance while wearing fedoras!"
He also notes, "This year I was in 14 commercials and I was also the one black guy in a college brochure!"
Jamison Reeves / YouTube
If any of this sounds familiar, or even looks familiar, that's because it is. There is, in fact, an actor whose life is astonishingly like that lived by "Corey."
His name is Jamison Reeves, and prior to 2010 he did 14 commercials in one year, and has done more than 40 over his career. He told Adweek's Barbara Lippert that he always gets booked as "a non-threatening entity":
"I'm the quirky guy with the glasses. Not the guy who's going to be in a fight. I seem like the type guys want to hang out with. I'm the one acceptable black friend."
He's done work for Bud Light, Time Warner, Honda and State Farm. Currently, his LinkedIn profile lists him as a session director at Mimi Webb Miller Casting, and he also coaches others on how to book commercials and other auditions.
The ad business is often accused of being racist, and Reeves' career is in some ways the anecdotal proof: How else to explain why, with thousands of other black actors available for work, one man booked all that work with the same look and the same style?
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“Blacks are less than 13% of the population.”
Not where we live Blam!
They need to go to “Black Acting School”
Every time I see a black person, I see an Obama voter. It’s statistically accurate. To further complicate things, I can reasonably conclude that the black person is either dumb as a post, or racist. Those are the only two reasons to vote for a man who did a terrible job.
My extreme dislike for Obama now colors my interaction with those people.
Or smacked in the head, like the commercials for V-8.
Companies are trying to sell products?
Failing to care here.
Even a smaller percentage is sodomite but every show on tv has at least 1 or 2.
I have also noticed the rise in showing inter-racial couples in commercials as well (not just black/white). Don’t flame me I don’t care personally just pointing out that those couples are a smaller percentage than the black population and you see more of them as well.
It is all agenda driven.
Just re-emphasizes how divorced from reality television is.
Well, if its the way the Presidency works, commercials must follow suit.
I’m still waiting to see the commercial where the wife is the hapless idiot and her husband the wise sage. I’m guessing I’ll die first.
“Typical” or average looking black guys aren’t the sort of guys you see when you see one black guy in a crowd of whites.
This guy, with something of the effort to wear the glasses signaling intellectualism, is.
From many observations, the feeling is mutual.
There have been many reports of less than courteous treatment of “whitey” by the “obama demographic”.
And that one black guy, is usually in charge. Same for TV shows. Cry me a f’n river.
That is such crap. What I learn from commercials is that the boss in the suit is always black while the white guys wear hardhats and flannel shirts.
Black families live in zillion dollar homes that are so spotless you could eat off the driveway.
Black people drive brand new luxury cars hardly any white middleclass peon could ever afford. Sometimes two of them for he and she.
Black people know all about the best life insurance.
Black prople know the best foods to buy and dispense their wisdom to airhead white people.
All pharmacists and doctors are black.
Most engineers and oil executives are black.
Most researchers and scientists are black.
Black men with a head full of short braids get hit on by white waitresses in restaurants.
White people are fools.
The one for me that sticks out was the GEICO “Do people do dumb things with smart phones”....All of these twenty-something white guys looking like idiots, while a black woman looks at them with contempt.
In real life, I have almost never seen a group of people out in public with a token black "friend."
But I have asked myself: Why is this black person hanging around with all these white people? What's a matter, don't they have any black friends that can hang around with? Are they ashamed of being black?