A woman being called "BBQ Becky" is the internet's latest obsession. When the internet finds something to like, share and comment on, we know that the popular sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live will have no problem finding a way to incorporate it into their show in some way.
Inverse got the scoop that a Twitter user called @CourtneySoliday was the first to spot SNL cast member Aidy Bryant dressed up as the woman who called the police because two black men (later joined by a slightly larger group) were barbecuing using a charcoal grill in a public park, in Lake Merritt in Oakland, California.
To get SNL and Bryant's joke, one has to understand the incident behind it. What we know is that a woman, now identified as Michelle Snider, heard some commotion in a local park in Lake Merritt and asked what was going on. When she was told that another woman was staying nearby as she was on the phone with police, trying to report some men for using a charcoal grill in an area that was allegedly not designated for charcoal grill use. Snider jumped into action at the defense of the men and began filming the woman calling the police. The woman calling the police became known as "BBQ Becky", though Becky is not known to be her real name.
"BBQ Becky" is being accused of racist actions though while Snider filmed her, she insisted that she was calling the police simply due to the charcoal grill regardless and did not make the call because of the race of the men.
SNL apparently tasked Bryant to fill the role of "BBQ Becky" which is a relatively easy costume to put together (early Halloween costume preppers, take note!). If you get your hands on a short (shoulder-length) straight brown wig, dark sunglasses, cell phone with charging cable attached, crossbody bag, navy blue hoodie and a grim, unhappy expression to wear, you've got yourself a "BBQ Becky" costume.
Bryant played the role perfectly and she didn't even speak as "BBQ Becky." She simply walked underneath the "Weekend Update" as soon as Colin Jost and Michael Che finished their segment, and she also appeared at the very end of the show on stage with the rest of the cast.
Way to stay current, SNL!