“Saturday Night Live” took on Vermont’s lack of diversity in a sketch over the weekend spoofing a neo-Confederate community meeting.
In the skit, Jim, played by “SNL” cast member Beck Bennett, presents the need for creating an “agrarian community where everyone lives in harmony because every single person is white.”
“Yeah, I know that place, that sounds like Vermont,” actor Adam Driver, playing a meeting attendee, says.
“Vermont? No sir, what I’m talking about is a place purely for Caucasians where even the folks who wash the dishes and pick the fruit are white,” Jim says.
Bennet’s character ticks down his list of requirements for the ideal, all-white community, including country stores and covered bridges.
“Yeah, I’m sorry, I saw that all last week — in Vermont,” Driver’s character responds.
Another member of the group, played by “SNL” cast member Aidy Bryant, later reads the description of an AirBnB in Shelburne with “fly fishing and off-roading nearby.”
“That’s a Caucasian paradise, y’all,” she declares.
The sketch comes after Kiah Morris, the only African-American woman serving in the state’s House of Representatives, announced her resignation from office last week, pointing to continued racially-motivated harassment and threats that previously prompted her to end her re-election bid.
Vermont wasn’t the only New England locale mentioned in the sketch.
Boston also was called out when Driver tells the group he’s “originally from up North.”
“Don’t worry, I’m from Boston,” he adds.
“Oh, all right, good, good,” Jim says.
It wasn’t the first time Boston’s reputation for being a racist city has been referenced on the show. Last year, “Weekend Update” co-host Michael Che called Boston the “most racist city” he’d ever visited.
Mayor Marty Walsh responded to the most recent dig by “SNL” at the city in an interview with WBZ NewsRadio.
“Maybe the writers should come to Boston and walk around and get a feel for who we are as a city,” Walsh said, according to the station.