Martin Luther King Day is a time to reflect on what the civil rights hero stood for and on the state of civil liberties in America. Fortunately for us, the holiday has also provided Key & Peele with plenty of fodder for sketches about King’s legacy and the weird — and sometimes unfortunate — ways people celebrate it.
“LUNCH WITH GREATNESS”
King and Malcolm X were both towering figures in the civil rights movement, but their ideologies differed on a few key points. Unfortunately, that nuance is lost on these actors portraying the two leaders, who abandon their serious discussion in favor of pandering to the crowd. But who could forget King’s immortal words, “The West Side is the best side”?
SPEAKING AFTER MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
King was one hell of an orator, his “I Have a Dream” speech being the most obvious example. But imagine having to be the next guy at the podium. Who could possibly follow that act? Ask Reverend Robert Jones, the victim of a poorly sequenced set list at the 1963 March on Washington. Maybe try not riffing next time, Reverend Jones.
AN MLK DAY MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA AND LUTHER
President Obama uses the holiday as an occasion to remind everyone of King’s message of peace. Obama’s anger translator, Luther, meanwhile, isn’t very familiar with the meaning of “peace” and celebrates the day by accidentally confessing to a series of crimes.