Thursday, November 7th, 2013
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A Friendly PSA: It's "Kenan." Yes. Kenan Thompson.

Despite his status as a former Nickelodeon star and 10-year "Saturday Night Live" veteran, Kenan Thompson has never been one to grab news headlines, so it was surprising when he spoke up about SNL’s lack of black female cast members. Unlike Jay Pharoah’s more incendiary call for SNL to "pay attention" to the issue a few weeks prior, Thompson's contribution to the debate was sparse and seemingly reluctant, and his remark that the show "never finds [black women] that are ready" in auditions… did not go over well.

The few times Kenan does make the rounds on the internet, though, I always notice a bigger problem: Those backlashers, and even top-shelf TV beat writers, can't be bothered to get his first name.

Oh, we've all done it. I don’t mean to nitpick or fuss, because the “Keenan Thompson” problem is not a typo or mistake but a much bigger blogger contagion. Could it be that Kenan is just so irregularly mentioned in the press, such a low-profile yet consistently present star, that he's almost invisible? What would Ralph Ellison say?

Thompson's refusal to portray black female characters this season played out perfectly in Kerry Washington's SNL cold open last Saturday, and if nothing else, Washington's hurried switch from Michelle Obama to Oprah to Beyoncé (and asking Pharoah, baffled: "Kenan won't…?") shows one thing: Reactionary bloggers, especially those from reputable blogs, should judge Kenan by his actions and not his words, and if they want to judge him at all, they should start by spelling his damn name right.

Perhaps you think I'm overreacting. Okay! For starters, barely used Twitter account @KeenanThompson has more followers than the barely used @OfficialKenan Twitter account. And for the rest of it… well, here goes, in reverse alphabetical order.

Yahoo!

keenan_yahoo

The Wrap

keenan_wrap

VH1

keenan_vh1

Vanity Fair

keenan_vanityfair

TV Guide

keenan_tvguide

Thought Catalog

keenan_thoughtcatalog

Splitsider

keenan_splitsider

Slant

keenan_slantmagazine

Salon

keenan_salon

Rolling Stone

keenan_rollingstone

People

keenan_people

NPR

keenan_npr

New York Times

keenan_newyorktimes

New York Observer

keenan_newyorkobserver

New York magazine

keenan_newyorkmagazine

NBC

keenan_nbc

Los Angeles Times

keenan_losangelestimes

Jezebel

keenan_jezebel

Huffington Post

keenan_huffingtonpost

Hollywood Reporter

keenan_hollywoodreporter

Gothamist

keenan_gothamist

Gawker

keenan_gawker

Flavorwire

keenan_flavorwire

E!

keenan_eonline

Digital Spy

keenan_digitalspy

Deadline

keenan_deadline

The Daily What

keenan_dailywhat

The Daily Beast

keenan_dailybeast

Chicago Tribune

keenan_chicagotribune

Comedy Central

keenan_ccinsider

BuzzFeed

keenan_buzzfeed

The Awl

keenan_awl

The AV Club

keenan_avclub

The Atlantic Wire

keenan_atlanticwire

ABC News

keenan_abcnews






Megh Wright is a regular contributor to Splitsider, where she writes the weekly SNL column Saturday Night's Children.

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spanish bombs (#562)

If Kenan wants people to spell his name in that way, he needs to change the pronunciation.

He's the "ahn-DRAY-uh" Zuckerman of the cast.

Or, Keenen Ivory Wayans became famous first, and the Universe has decided, "well, we've locked down how we spell that name."

Wait, is Megh-not-Meg short for MEEgan-not-MEG-an?

I'm just playing. Everyone's allowed to spell and pronouce their names however they want. The Universe tends toward chaos anyway…

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

@Newly Recently Redundant It's pronounced en-TRO-py.

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