In the October 17 episode of “Saturday Night Live,” host Issa Rae played an NAACP attorney who swore to vote for “Everyone Black” on election day – but when it came to the presidential race, she said : “Kanye? ‘F’ him.”
(Kanye West actually appears as the vice presidential candidate in many ballots, including California, with Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente as the presidential candidate.)
The sketch, which also included Kenan Thompson as host of the talk show “Your Voice Chicago”, interviewing Rae and Ego Nwodim’s Jamele Demmings as a reporter, in part appeared to be a play on Rae’s infamous comments that she was “cheering for all Black”
He began by explaining: “For two years our people’s voices have not been heard. It is our duty to be together and take back our power” and noting that a young black woman running for an inexperienced local office is “exactly why. we need her. … New rumors, that’s the only way change will happen. “Hearing about a billionaire in a race, Rae’s Demmings noted for the first time:” How can someone who is so rich know something about us? Money corrupts the whole system. ” When she heard the black candidate was the billionaire, she turned around and said, “I find it so inspiring. We need more such entrepreneurs in our community. “
Soon, black candidates weren’t that easy to support, even though Rae’s Demmings found the best way she could. Chris Redd played a former strip club owner turned reverend who was caught for tax fraud but still running for the controller. “He knows the system and all the loopholes,” he said.
And when Punkie Johnson and Maya Rudolph played a conservative duo who not only ran illegally on the same ticket, but also streamed them live singing about how “the mask is death,” Rae’s Demmings took a second and then he used their passion in their favor. “We need more passion in politics,” he said. “We want someone who has been out there working in the real world.”
When Thompson pointed out that both women were unemployed, the answer was that that was why “we have to give them a job … raise them up”.
At the end of the show, when Rae said goodnight to her and thanked “SNL” for hosting her, she reminded everyone to “go out and vote”.
“Saturday Night Live” airs live on Saturdays coast to coast at 11:30 pm. ET / 8:30 pm PT on NBC.