Princeton University chairman of African American studies Eddie Glaude was put on the spot Sunday when MSNBC anchor Yasmin Vossoughian asked him how he felt seeing himself portrayed in “Saturday Night Live’s” opening sketch this week.
Glaude — an award-winning author with a Ph.D. in religion — replied that he went to bed too early to see it, only hearing about it when he woke up on Sunday.
“You know, as a country boy from Mississippi, ‘SNL,’ that’s high cotton,” Glaude said. “I’m just glad that my parents in Moss Point and all the folks there could have a chance to sit and laugh at me trying to get a word in edgewise.”
The expression “high cotton” is a southern U.S. slang phrase from the antebellum era that means a time when the cotton plants are tall and ripe to be picked. It’s used to indicate that something is especially fancy or impressive.
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