Kanye West is voicing his frustration and disappointment over the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, featuring a skit where actress Issa Rae disparaged the rapper’s 2020 presidential candidacy.
During the skit “Your Voice Chicago,” Kenan Thompson plays a talk show host interviewing Rae, a Detroit political pundit set on supporting every African American candidate on the ballot - as Thompson tosses a litany of races featuring inexperienced African American candidates that challenge Rae’s political leanings.
West jumped on Twitter Sunday morning to criticize the show and Rae’s dismissal of his political aspirations.
“Ive always said SNL uses black people to hold other black people back,” Kanye asserted. “My heart goes out to Issa Rae. I’m praying for her and her family. I know that the twenty years of service that I’ve paid in the entertainment field has furthered our ability to be more successful.”
Ye’s Tweet featured a screen shot of a Google search for the actress.
The skit harkens back to a 2017 red carpet moment at the Emmys where Rae told Variety magazine she was “rooting for everybody black” at the awards show.
Like many people, Issa has stayed active during the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest season of her HBO series Insecure has also provided a much needed escape for those in quarantine.
West continues building his political machine ahead of the November 3rd Presidential election. He recently secured rights to the political slogan; “God Save America.” The “Jesus Walks” singer is planning to emblazon his pious political message across T-shirts, sweaters, hoodies and hats. The message harkens to Ye’s first campaign ad released last week.