In the October 17 episode of “Saturday Night Live,” host Issa Rae played a lawyer for the NAACP who vowed to vote for “all Blacks” coming election day – but when it comes to racing presidency, he said, “Kanye? ‘F’ he.”
(Kanye West actually appears as the vice presidential candidate on many ballots, including California, with Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente as the presidential candidate.)
The sketch, which also features Kenan Thompson as “Your Voice Chicago” talk show host who interviewed Rae Jamele Demmings and Ego Nwodim as a journalist, in part seems to be a play on Rae’s infamous comments that he was “rooted for all Blacks” at the Emmy Awards in 2017. But as the sketch continues, it is clear that his ability to vote for Black candidates and bring about the right kind of change will be tested.
He began by explaining, “For two long the voices of our people have not been heard. It is our duty to stand together and regain our power ”and remember that a young Black girl running for local office inexperienced is“ exactly why we need her …. New voices, this is the only way of the change that will take place. ”Hearing about a billionaire in a career, Rae’s Demmings first said,” How can someone rich know about us? Money destroys the whole system. When the Black billionaire candidate was heard, he pivoted and said, “I was so excited. We need more such entrepreneurs in our community. “
Soon, the Black candidates were less likely to be reinstated, though Rae’s Demmings found ways as much as he could. Chris Redd describes a former club owner respectfully caught for tax fraud but still running for comptroller. “He knows the system and all the holes,” he said.
And when Punkie Johnson and Maya Rudolph describe a conservative duo who not only illegally run the same ticket but also have a live stream they sing about how “the mask is death,” Rae’s Demmings took a second and then used their inclination in their favor “We need more political inclination,” she said. “We want someone out there working in the real world.”
When Thompson indicated that both women were unemployed, the response was that “we need to give them jobs … lift them up.”
At the end of the show when Rae said her goodnights and thanked “SNL” for having her, she reminded everyone to “get out there and vote.”
“Saturday Night Live” airs live on the beach every Saturday at 11:30 pm ET / 8:30 pm PT on NBC.