Vermont tourism department responds to ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch that cast the state as a ‘Caucasian paradise’

“The leaves are changing and so is Vermont.”

Vermont officials were watching over the weekend when “Saturday Night Live” lampooned the Green Mountain State as a “Caucasian paradise” in a sketch.

The result? The cast members of the show may soon have some authentic Vermont flannel in their wardrobes for future skits.

“The SNL cast was in great form on Saturday night,” Michael Schirling, secretary of Vermont’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development, said in a statement to Boston.com. “We couldn’t help but notice many of the cast was dressed in flannel, so we are taking the liberty of sending more of the best flannel available from the Vermont Flannel Company for use in future skits.”

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Vermont Flannel Company offered to donate the shirts to the comedians, and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, which contains the state’s Department of Tourism and Marketing, plans to send the classic New England clothing along with a note from Schirling.

In the sketch spoofing a neo-Confederate community meeting, “SNL” took on the state’s lack of diversity. In it, 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.

In his statement responding to the skit, Schirling touched on the points of humor in the sketch referencing classic Vermont points of interest — like corn mazes, country stores, and covered bridges — but said the state is more than what it is known for.

“We invite SNL viewers to Vermont to see all that we have to offer, including our increasingly diverse communities and wide array of tourist destinations including the African American Heritage Trail,” he said. “Now is a perfect time to visit or to consider a move here. The leaves are changing and so is Vermont.”

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Earlier this year, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed into law a bill aimed at enticing new state residents by paying $10,000 to remote workers who relocated to the Green Mountain State.  Within a few months, the program received 1,800 inquiries.

Read the full statement from Schirling in response to the “SNL” sketch below:

The SNL cast was in great form on Saturday night. We couldn’t help but notice many of the cast was dressed in flannel, so we are taking the liberty of sending more of the best flannel available from the Vermont Flannel Company for use in future skits.

It is true, we do lack a good hip-hop channel and our corn mazes are quite popular. We also do enjoy pancakes on the porch, but only if they are covered in real Vermont maple syrup.

We may be known for our covered bridges, country stores, farmers markets, quality of life, and hometown feel. Lesser known is that we are regularly ranked as a top state for startups, that one in four jobs in the state are technology jobs, and advanced manufacturing is our top industry.

We invite SNL viewers to Vermont to see all that we have to offer, including our increasingly diverse communities and wide array of tourist destinations including the African American Heritage Trail. Now is a perfect time to visit or to consider a move here. The leaves are changing and so is Vermont.