9:34 AM PDT 10/18/2020
During the sketch, Ray’s character said she “voted for all blacks,” but when it came to the West, “F him!”
Kanye West spoke after being mentioned in a joke during Saturday Night Live.
During the sketch “Your Vote Chicago”, the host of the night Isa Rae played a lawyer representative of NAACP, who appeared in the morning talk show. Speaking of political candidates, Ray’s character said she “voted for all blacks.”
“For too long, the voices of our people have not been heard. It is our duty to stand together and regain our strength,” she said during a sketch.
Towards the end of the sketch, however, she revealed a candidate for whom she would not give her support. “When we return, we will talk about the presidential race between Donald Trump, Joe Biden and Kanye West,” said Kenan Thompson’s lead character. Then Rae’s character shoots back: “Kanye? F him!”
West turned to Twitter on Sunday morning to respond to the joke. “I’ve always said that SNL uses black people to keep other black people,” he wrote. “My heart is drawn to Isa Rae. I pray for her and her family.”
He also added: “I know that the twenty years of work I have paid in the field of entertainment have contributed to our ability to be more successful.”
Just last week, the musician released his first video ad for his presidential campaign, which he announced earlier this year. In the video, West spoke in front of a video with a black American flag, quoting: “We will build a stronger state by building a stronger family.”
Despite announcing his candidacy for president, West is listed as a vice presidential candidate on the state ballot.