9:34 AM PDT 10/18/2020
During a sketch, Rae’s character says “he votes for all Blacks” but when it comes to the West, “F him!”
Kanye West speaks after being mentioned in a joke while Saturday Night Live.
During the sketch “Your Vote Chicago”, the host of the night Issa Rae acted as a lawyer representative for the NAACP appearing on the morning talk show. Speaking about the political candidates, Rae’s character said he was “voting for all Blacks.”; His joke referred to Rae’s comments that he was “rooted for all Blacks” at the 2017 Emmy Awards.
“For too long, the voices of our people have not been heard. It is our duty to stand together and restore our power,” he said in the sketch.
However at the end of the sketch, he revealed a candidate he would not support. “When we return, we will talk about the presidential race between Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and Kanye West,” said anchor character Kenan Thompson. Rae’s staff returned, “Kanye? F him!”
West took to Twitter on Sunday morning to respond to the joke. “I have always said that SNL uses black people to deter other black people,” he wrote. “My heart goes out to Issa Rae. I pray for her and her family.”
He also added, “I know that the twenty years of service I paid for in the field of entertainment have continued our ability to be more successful.”
Just last week, the musician released his first ad in the campaign video for his presidential bid that he announced earlier this year. In the video, West speaks in front of a video of a black American Flag, stating, “We will build a stronger nation by building a stronger family.”
Although it was announced that he was running for president, West was listed as a vice-presidential candidate on the state ballot.