UNR, comedy troupe, apologize for Obama skit
RENO (AP) – University of Nevada, Reno officials and a student comedy troupe are apologizing for a skit where a white actor appeared in dark makeup to portray President Barack Obama.
The Wolf Pack Comedy Troupe skit included segments where the actor playing the president instructed a Secret Service agent on holding a gun like a “gangsta,” portrayed him eating chicken and talking about his love for basketball.
The skit was performed at a Feb. 22 leadership conference.
Some students commenting on the student newspaper Web site defended the skit, but others said they were offended by the use of black stereotypes.
A university official sent an e-mail last week apologizing to students and community members, saying there was a “disconnect” between the skit and the goal of the leadership conference.