Saturday Night Live fired back up over the weekend with Adam Driver hosting and Kanye West stepping up for musical act. The show went by the numbers, but what television viewers did not see was a full-on Kanye West rant about Donald Trump and racism.
West started off by singing, “I wanna cry right now. Black man in America, you’re supposed to keep what you feel inside right now. And the liberals bully you and tell you what you can and cannot wear, where you and they can’t not stare. And they look at me and say, ‘It’s not fair. How the hell did you get here?’ Well…”
After that, he delivered a very unexpected speech in front of the cast and Adam Driver. Wearing a MAGA hat, Kanye sought to educate the crowd on his personal conspiracy theories.
“Actually, blacks weren’t always Democrats,” West started. “It’s like a plan they did to take the fathers out the homes and promote welfare. Does anybody know about that? That’s the Democratic plan.”
No Kanye, no one believes that the Democrats are actually trying to remove fathers from homes and increase the amount of welfare in our country.
There were a few boos, a few claps, but West continued, “And what this shows is we can’t be controlled by monolithic thought. You can’t always have when you have a black subject matter like Cosby that you have to have a black comedian talk about it.”
You’re losing us Kanye… reel it back in to reality please!
On Supporting Trump
“It’s so many times that I talk to a white person about this, and they say, ‘How could you support Trump? He’s racist.’ Well if I was concerned about racism, I would have moved out of America a long time ago. We don’t just make our decisions off of racism. I’ma break it down to you right now: If someone inspires me and I connect with them, I don’t have to believe in all they policies.”
Hey, we can’t refute the claim that racism has been a problem in America since its founding. We also can’t refute that you can connect with someone despite their personal beliefs (I’m looking at you, dad) But there are ways forward and there are ways backward. When it comes to racism, no one with a clear mind would claim that Trump is doing anything to decrease racial tensions in our country.
“But this man is a builder,” West said about Trump. “And when I said I’m running in 2020, all my smart friends talked so much s— about me. And when I saw that man win, I said, ‘See, I told you. I could have been there.’”
So is Kanye admitting that he’s not smart, but that since being dumb didn’t prevent Trump from becoming President, he should try to?
At one point, an audience member yelled, “F— Trump!” which caught West’s attention and prompted him to say this: “Now you got a situation where we need to have a dialogue and not a diatribe because if you want something to change, it’s not going to change by saying, ‘F— that person.’ Try love. Try love. Try love. Try love.”
As much as we hate to admit it, West has a point here. If the country would “try love,” then we’d probably all be in a better place. For one thing, Trump would have never been elected.
But that’s Kanye for you. One minute saying something batshit crazy and the next moment saying something astonishingly true. Shine on, you crazy diamond.