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As the show ended, West took the stage wearing a “Make America Great Again”(MAGA) hat and made an unscripted pro-Trump speech after the credits rolled.
People reported that West, who dressed as a Perrier bottle while performing his latest single, I Love It, ended up making some of the show’s stars uneasy. “He made it uncomfortable for the cast and Adam Driver by calling them back onstage and not saying why and then went off on them,” the publication reported.
kanye west just made sure he is the topic of discussion for the week dressed as a bottle of perrier doing the worst shoot i ever seen in my life GENIUS pic.twitter.com/NN344gdAPL
— 𝔎𝔢𝔫𝔫𝔶 𝔅𝔢𝔞𝔯 (@phillycustoms) September 30, 2018
— GIPHY (@GIPHY) September 30, 2018
“I want to cry right now,” the rapper said into the mic. “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…”
He continued: “Actually, blacks weren’t always Democrats. 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.”
He went on to suggest that the SNL cast had tried to stop him from using the platform to make a political statement.
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“They bullied me backstage. They said don’t go out there with that hat on. They bullied me backstage. They bullied me. And then they say I’m in a sunken place. You want to see the sunken place? OK, I’ma listen to y’all now,” he said.
He removed his MAGA hat before putting it back on. “Or I’ma put my Superman cape on, which means you can’t tell me what to do,” he said. “Follow your heart and stop following your mind. That’s how we’re controlled. That how we’re programmed. If you want the world to move forward, try love.”
He warned the crowd that people can’t be controlled by “monolithic thought.” He also mentioned Bill Cosby, saying, “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.”
“There’s so many times I talk to like a white person about this, and they’re like, ‘How could you like Trump? He’s racist,'” he continued. “Well, uh, if I was concerned about racism, I would’ve 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.”
In response, an audience member yelled, “F**k Trump.” West added, “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**k that person.’ Try love. Try love. Try love. Try love.”
Videos of the speech circulated on social media.
Comedian Chris Rock posted portions of West’s speech on Instagram. In part of his clips, you can hear Rock whispering, “Oh, my God.”
From Chris Rock’s IG story, looks like Kanye gave a speech after NBC cut the SNL feed pic.twitter.com/mYpSxqbw9Z
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) September 30, 2018
Many people criticized West for using the popular show to deliver a pro-Trump rant.
— RT (@RT_com) October 1, 2018
Kanye West is no genius. He's just a wind up merchant who puts his voice behind the unpopular position for shock attention. He is Trump. https://t.co/zLWRsNdbWq
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) October 1, 2018
I hope some reporter asks Trump this week to name the title of one Kanye West song
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) September 30, 2018
Yup. While wearing a #makeamericagreatagain hat @kanyewest tweeted about abolishing the 13th amendment.. to be very clear: the 13th amendment made slavery illegal. I’m sure that @realdonaldtrump and his supporters would love for slavery to be legal again, but I’m a bit surp… pic.twitter.com/UJeeuQmjYp
— moby XⓋX (@thelittleidiot) October 1, 2018
Isn’t it actually a bit insane just how easy it is to sway the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES’ opinion.
If Kanye West tweeted against Trump, Trump would tweet “Silly man with dumb music. Boring!” but as soon as Kanye whacks on a MAGA cap…
“Kanye is inspirational. Intelligent!”
— Jaack (@Jaack) September 30, 2018
— Midgardian (@ThorEdson) October 1, 2018
— MOLO (@MoLoLoMo86) October 1, 2018
West posted a message on Twitter explaining why he wore the MAGA hat after the show aired.
“This represents good and America becoming whole again,” he wrote. “We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment.
“Message sent with love.”
this represents good and America becoming whole again. We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love pic.twitter.com/a15WqI8zgu
— ye (@kanyewest) September 30, 2018
Actor Chris Evans responded to the Ye rapper’s tweet. He wrote, “There’s nothing more maddening than debating someone who doesn’t know history, doesn’t read books, and frames their myopia as virtue. The level of unapologetic conjecture I’ve encountered lately isn’t just frustrating, it’s retrogressive, unprecedented and absolutely terrifying.”
There’s nothing more maddening than debating someone who doesn’t know history, doesn’t read books, and frames their myopia as virtue. The level of unapologetic conjecture I’ve encountered lately isn’t just frustrating, it’s retrogressive, unprecedented and absolutely terrifying. https://t.co/4jCFwB4T5U
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) September 30, 2018
“I can only assume you relate to his personality on some level,” Del Rey wrote. “Delusions of grandeur, extreme issues with narcissism.
She continued: “None of which would be a talking point if we weren’t speaking about the man leading our country. If you think it’s alright to support someone who believes it’s OK to grab a woman… just because he’s famous, then you need an intervention just as much as he does.”
She concluded by saying: “Message sent with concern that will never be addressed.”
During his rant, West brought up that he’s still considering running for U.S. president in 2020. During portions of his rant the audience could be heard booing but at moments there was sparse clapping.
Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to complain about how SNL is “no longer funny, no talent or charm,” but he praised West.
“Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) — no longer funny, no talent or charm. It is just a political ad for the Dems. Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told ‘no’), was great. He’s leading the charge!” Trump tweeted.
Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) – no longer funny, no talent or charm. It is just a political ad for the Dems. Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told “no”), was great. He’s leading the charge!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2018
Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter to write, “Is anyone even a little bit shocked that @kanyewest was bullied backstage for wanting to wear a #MAGA hat on SNL? Despite the BS they preach, the left isn’t tolerant of any view that differs even slightly from their own. You obey or you’re out.”
Despite the BS they preach, the left isn’t tolerant of any view that differs even slightly from their own.
You obey or you’re out.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 30, 2018
West said he “had so much fun at SNL.”
“Lorne agreed that I would host before the year is out. Need to set a date. Gonna be sooooooooo lit. In the words of Lil Pump …Esskeetit !” West tweeted.
had so much fun at SNL. Lorne agreed that I would host before the year is out. Need to set a date. Gonna be sooooooooo lit. In the words of Lil Pump …Esskeetit !
— ye (@kanyewest) September 30, 2018
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