Although Hollywood is finally recognizing that black audiences do indeed exist, the trend has confused and confounded plenty of pundits. For instance, USA Today was widely criticized for its description of "Best Man Holiday" making almost as much money as "Thor 2" at the box office: "Holiday Nearly Beat Thor as Race-Themed Films Soar."
"Saturday Night Live" responded to the trend with a commercial parody that took aim at Hollywood's inclination to synthesize black entertainment the only way it knows how: By replacing the black actors with white ones. "SNL" took this to the logical extreme with a trailer for a parody of the black holiday movie genre, "White Christmas." Billed as "The first black holiday movie for white people," the trailer featured caucasian actors standing in for the likes of a Tyler Perry ensemble (Paul Rudd even played a Madea-esque grandma), pointing out the absurdity of clumsily co-opting black entertainment for white audiences.
Of course, "SNL" has seen its own share of scrutiny over diversity (and lack thereof). Jay Pharoah, a cast member who recently made the rare move of criticizing the show in the press, even acknowledged this by breaking the fourth wall at the end of the sketch: "Are we going to get in trouble for this?" Only time will tell, but it just goes to prove that the show who once had Chevy Chase call Richard Pryor the n-word to his face is still willing to address sticky racial issues.
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Oh, Honey, No.
In her defense, she's not the only one to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=camndOJGmSM" target="_hplink">conflate the two</a>.
Just Throw Them Up There
Take that, neighbors who wasted hundreds of lights and hours of manpower creating dubstep-synced light displays.
NSFW X-Mas Decor
For an extra dollar you can get that voyeuristic toy in the background.
But That's Worse Than Coal!
Maybe go with the jewelry.
Charming Christmas Card
It's easy to forget sometimes that we don't have a monopoly on eccentric elected officials. Case in point: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/12/jorge-santini-mayor-of-san-juan-strange-christmas-photo_n_1143265.html" target="_hplink">Mayor Jorge Santini of San Juan, Puerto Rico</a>, who went a little crazy with his official card one year by taking it at the city's Wildlife Museum. Leopards and gazelles and mayors, oh my!
Sleep In Heavenly Pee?
Bathroom lines must be out the door.
Dingle All The Way
Copyright infringement safely, if not unnecessarily, averted!
Judgmental Christmas Lights
But what are the product disclaimers REALLY trying to tell us?
This Isn't Halloween
This guy took Christmas FAILS to the extreme and caused quite a scare among neighbors. No, not the guy hanging from the roof (that's a dummy), the guy who engineered this fake Christmas-light disaster only to be <a href="http://thehappyhospitalist.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-pranks-taken-to-unbelievable.html" target="_hplink">advised by police to take it down because it was freaking people out.</a>
Lazy Man's Christmas tree
Even smells the same!
The giant, pooping elf you see to the left is actually a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/20/weirdest-christmas-decoration_n_799227.html" target="_hplink">mega-sized version of a popular ornament called a Caganer</a> that's popular in Catalonia and other areas of Spain, Portugal and Italy.
Manscape The Halls
There are some other less-desirable places on a dude's body where he could manscape a Christmas tree, so we're glad he chose this one.
Kids, Look Away
This is just wrong.
Lonely Couple Christmas Card
Baby Mac has his mother's eyes.
Not The Brightest Way To Advertise Underwear
Would it be more or less creepy if he were looking at Santa?
"The Loneliest Ho In The World" For Kids
We have so many questions.
Floating Christmas Tree
Just when Christmas is perfect BAM! Here comes a devil-may-care bannister out to ruin it all. Nothing a little forceful decorating can't fix, however.
Half-Man, Half-Christmas Tree
Only now does his self-described "inverted Christmas tree" beard truly make sense.
That's actually Santa's cousin Ralph Claus. He's the black sheep of the family.
"It's Just What I Wanted!"
Some gifts are unfortunately perfect.
Not So Festive Stockings
A fun game is to think of other naughty things you could spell.
These Candles Really Need Cherries Under Them
This feels like a first draft.
Christmas Day, Like Thanksgiving, Changes Every Year
Will it be closed both days?
We really hope he's just lighting that fire.
If Santa Won't Give You What You Want...
Then you have to take it to the streets.
Every Part Of The House Does Not Need To Be Festive
A Festive Christmas Cake
Santa, Teach Me How To Write
What About Mrs. Claus?
Is she the Morton Salt girl all grown up?
Santa Candy Holder
At least, we think it's a candy holder.
Santa Sez What?
Some things are best left unsaid.