9:34 AM PDT 10/18/2020
During the sketch, Ray’s character stated that she was “voting for all Blacks,” but when it came to the West, “F him!”
Kanye West speaks after he was mentioned in a joke Saturday Night Live.
During the sketch “Your Vote Chicago”, the host of the evening Issa Rae played a representative of a NAACP lawyer, who spoke in the morning talk show. Speaking of political candidates, Ray’s character said she “votes for all blacks.”; Her joke referred to Ray’s comments that she “cheered for all blacks” at the 2017 Emmy Awards.
“The voices of our people have not been heard for too long. It is our duty to stand together and regain our power,” she said during the sketch.
However, at the end of the sketch, she showed one candidate who would not be supported. “When we return, we will talk about the presidential race between Donald Trump, Joe Biden and Kanye West,” said character presenter Kenan Thompson. Then the character Ray shot himself: “Kanye? F him!”
West took to Twitter on Sunday morning to respond to the joke. “I’ve always said that SNL uses black people to deter other black people,” he wrote. “My heart begs for Issa Rae. I pray for her and her family.”
He also added: “I know that the twenty years of service I have paid in the field of entertainment have contributed to our success.”
Just last week, the musician posted his first campaign video about his candidacy for president, which he announced earlier this year. In the video, West speaks in front of a video of the black American flag, referring: “We will build a stronger country by building a stronger family.”
Despite announcing his candidacy for president, West is listed as a vice-presidential candidate in the state vote.