Watch Maya Rudolph Do a Ridiculous Impression of Rachel Dolezal

Watch Maya Rudolph Do a Ridiculous Impression of Rachel Dolezal
Source: YouTube
Source: YouTube

Much like Tina Fey with Sarah Palin before her, Maya Rudolph has been inundated with requests to play a certain cultural figure on Saturday Night Live recently. As Rachel Dolezal dominated headlines, Rudolph told former SNL castmate Seth Meyers on his show, people increasingly recognized the similarities between the two of them.

Unlike Fey, Rudolph won't be coming back to SNL to perform as Dolezal. Luckily, she gave Meyers and the Late Night audience a taste of what her Dolezal would look like — and it's a pretty ridiculous look.

Source: Mic/YouTube

In the clip, Rudolph imitates Dolezal's reaction to a Spokane, Washington's reporter's simple questions. Rudolph's simple gesture response to the question of whether her parents are white is particularly priceless.

Source: Mic/YouTube

She's imitating a particular local interview that made the rounds and brought the Dolezal story to national attention. "Are you African-American?" shouldn't have confused the former NAACP chapter director so thoroughly, yet her reaction provided much immediate amusement for the Internet.

"I gotta say, the whole thing is very fascinating to me," Rudolph said as she introduced her impression. It's easy to see why: Dolezal's story captivated a nation and spurred intense debates about identity. In the immediate aftermath of the story surfacing, however, the Vine of the interview became something of a meme.

Though the conversations and debates that happened after Dolezal became a national topic of discussion are important, the importance of performers like Rudolph, and more broadly, of Saturday Night Live, is to remind us that we can laugh at ridiculous news stories. Injecting humor gives us the ability to step away and gain some perspective. That way, when we launch back into debating, we can have a level-head.

If Maya Rudolph in a ridiculous Rachel Dolezal wig can't make us laugh at this story, nothing will.

Source: Mic/YouTube

Watch the full clip below.

Source: YouTube

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Kevin O'Keeffe

Kevin is the arts editor at Mic, writing about inclusion and representation in pop culture. He is based in New York and can be reached at kevin@mic.com.

MORE FROM

‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’ proves sometimes it’s OK to skip the reunion

If you're looking to trim down your Netflix consumption, start by avoiding this pointless sequel series.

Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington was open about his pain. That doesn’t make his death less shocking.

“If it wasn’t for music, I’d be dead,” Bennington once said. “One hundred percent.”

Please stop hating on ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Christopher Nolan's final Batman film is simply not as bad as some fans think.

It’s time for Steve Whitmire to let Kermit the Frog go

The veteran puppeteer is having a tough time relinquishing his 27-year relationship with the famous Muppet.

Debate: Is director Christopher Nolan the best or the worst filmmaker of our time?

Mic asked two staff members to debate the relative merits of award-winning director Christopher Nolan and his movies.

‘The Vampire Diaries’ ending could be what saves ‘The Originals’

The end of 'The Vampire Diaries' could mean a new beginning for 'The Originals.'

‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’ proves sometimes it’s OK to skip the reunion

If you're looking to trim down your Netflix consumption, start by avoiding this pointless sequel series.

Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington was open about his pain. That doesn’t make his death less shocking.

“If it wasn’t for music, I’d be dead,” Bennington once said. “One hundred percent.”

Please stop hating on ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Christopher Nolan's final Batman film is simply not as bad as some fans think.

It’s time for Steve Whitmire to let Kermit the Frog go

The veteran puppeteer is having a tough time relinquishing his 27-year relationship with the famous Muppet.

Debate: Is director Christopher Nolan the best or the worst filmmaker of our time?

Mic asked two staff members to debate the relative merits of award-winning director Christopher Nolan and his movies.

‘The Vampire Diaries’ ending could be what saves ‘The Originals’

The end of 'The Vampire Diaries' could mean a new beginning for 'The Originals.'