In the October 17 episode of “Saturday Night Live,” guest host Issa Rae played a NAACP lawyer who vowed to vote for “all blacks” on election day – but when it came to the presidential race, she said, “Kanye?” F ‘ham. “
(In fact, Kanye West is running for Vice President in many polls, including California, with Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente running for president.)
The sketch, which also featured Kenan Thompson as “Your Voice Chicago” talk show host, interviewing Raes Jamele Demmings and Ego Nwodim as a journalist, seemed in part to be a play on Rae’s infamous comments that she “rooted all Blacks” at the Emmy Awards in 201
She began by explaining: “For two long hours the voices of our people have not been heard. It is our duty to stand together and take back our power ”and note that a young black woman running to a local office with no experience is“ exactly why we need her. … New voices, that’s the only way change will happen. When Raes Demmings heard about a billionaire in a race, he first remarked, “How can someone so rich know anything about us? Money destroys the whole system. “When she heard the black candidate was a billionaire, she turned around and said, ‘I find that so inspiring. We need more such entrepreneurs in our community. ”
Soon enough, the black candidates were not so easy to back down, though Raes Demmings found ways as best she could. Chris Redd portrayed a former strip club owner who became a pastor who was caught for tax fraud but still drove to check. “He knows the system and all the loopholes,” she said.
And when Punkie Johnson and Maya Rudolph portrayed a conservative duo who not only illegally drove on the same ticket, but also just live streamed them singing about how “the mask is death”, Raes Demmings took a second and then used their passion in their favor. “We need more passion in politics,” she said. “We want someone who’s been out there who’s worked 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 jobs … lift them up.”
At the end of the show, when Rae said her goodnight and thanked “SNL” for having her, she reminded everyone to “come out and vote.”
“Saturday Night Live” broadcasts live coast-to-coast Saturdays at 23:30 ET / 20:30 PT on NBC.