- At the end of Saturday’s “SNL” premiere, Kanye West took a moment to deliver a speech while wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
- While performing the song “Ghost Town,” West talked politics, referenced possibly running in 2020 again, and addressed why he supports Trump.
- West also claimed he was bullied backstage to not wear his “MAGA” hat.
- Comedian and actor Chris Rock was in attendance and captured a lot of it on video, which you can watch below.
As the “SNL” credits rolled, West took the stage at the show’s end to perform a surprise third song, “Ghost Town,” wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
The rapper used the song as a moment to address the crowd in a pro-Trump speech that touched on everything from the possibility of West running in 2020 to why he supports Trump.
“I wanna cry right now. Black man in America, you’re supposed to keep what you feel inside right now,” West sang, according to People. “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?'”
“Actually, blacks weren’t always Democrats,” he continued in a speech. “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.”
“They bullied me backstage. They bullied me and then they say I’m in the sunken place,” West told the SNL crowd. “You want to see the sunken place? OK. I’m gonna listen to y’all now. I’m gonna put my Superman cape on because this means you can’t tell me what to do.”
Chris Rock, who was in the audience, captured most of the moment that didn’t make it on TV on his Instagram story.
“So many times I talk to a white person about this and [they] say, ‘How could you like Trump he’s racist?’ Well, if I was concerned about racism I would have moved out of America a long time ago,” West can be heard saying.
During the filming of the Instagram story, Rock can be heard laughing to himself saying, “My God.”
According to Deadline and People, West received a “smattering of boos.” A few claps can be heard in the videos posted to YouTube and Rock’s Instagram, but it’s mostly an overwhelming silence as West speaks.
“I think the universe has balance,” West said as his speech came to a close. “90% of news are liberals – 90% of TV, LA, New York, writers, rappers, musicians. So, it’s easy to make it seem like it’s so, so, so one-sided. I feel kinda free. I thought this country said I could be me.”
You can watch most of West’s speech here:
You can watch Rock’s Instagram story below:
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Before his appearance on “SNL,” West announced on Twitter he was changing his name to “Ye.” The artist was expected to drop a new album, “Yandhi,” Saturday night.
Earlier in the evening, West dressed up as a bottle of Perrier to perform “I Love It” with Lil Pump.
Expect to see West back on “SNL” this season. The rapper said he spoke with “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels who agreed he “would host before the year is out.”
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