Hilarious 'SNL' Skit Reveals What Brooklyn Hipsters Really Talk About

For this group of African American guys it's an insult to be told you're 'acting like someone put gluten in your muffin.'
Jan 20, 2015·
Culture and education editor Liz Dwyer has written about race, parenting, and social justice for several national publications. She was previously education editor at Good.

How much has gentrification changed Brooklyn? Nowadays even the brothas hanging out on the block in the New York City borough are into spin class, knitting, and leisurely brunches. Or at least they are according to this seriously funny Saturday Night Live skit starring Kevin Hart and SNL regulars Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah.

Yes, it's time to check your stereotypes at the door because this Bushwick trio lives in a world where Martha isn’t a baby mama—that’s the name of its favorite artisanal mayonnaise store. In the clip above, Hart, Thompson, and Pharoah use the influx of more well-off white folks and their overpriced gelato shops to upend one stereotype after another about urban communities of color.

In the real world, from Brooklyn to Highland Park, a neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles that’s been significantly affected by gentrification in recent years, consequences like being evicted by a landlord who can suddenly fetch a higher rent are no laughing matter. Last February Spike Lee, who was raised in Brooklyn, sparked a national controversy when his epic seven-minute rant went viral. Lee told an audeince at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute about the negative impact he thought “mother------ hipsters” have had on the community.

Still, you can’t help chuckling at SNL’s parody of acoustic guitar playing and gelato shops. And as you’ll see at the end of the clip, despite the many shifts in neighborhoods where Biggie Smalls used to rap about struggling to get by, for black residents who have been victims of the NYPD stop-and-frisk policy, not everything has changed.