ICYMI: ‘SNL’s ‘Ebony and Ivory’ Spoof Perfectly Captures the Double Standard Facing Cam Newton

By Sameer Rao Feb 08, 2016

Saturday Night Live—a show replete with its own history of diversity, discrimination and narrow-mindedness—did a pretty great job lampooning the hypocrisy of criticism leveled towards Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in this sketch. 

Newton (played by Kenan Thompson) and Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (played by Taran Killam) sang a version of "Ebony and Ivory," like Stevie Wonder (Eddie Murphy) and Frank Sinatra (Phil Hartman) before them. This version highlighted the hate directed at the young Black QB, the lack of criticism leveled at Manning and the movie "Concussion." It ended, perhaps expectedly, with Newton dabbing—which prompted cops to "save" Manning.

Check out the sketch over at NBC.com