Kanye West made a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live (SNL) on Sept. 29, 2018, to perform his music for an enthusiastic audience. After his set, he turned the focus from rap to a rant, addressing those who seemingly “bully” him for wearing a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat in support of the current presidential administration.
The cast of SNL stood awkwardly behind after West called them onstage as he preached a pro-Trump message, which made some SNL cast members like Pete Davidson raise their eyebrows and even exit the studio at the uncomfortable situation. West took to Twitter and made a tweet about abolishing the 13th amendment, which received massive media publicity, but also tweeted about “no longer” outsourcing to other countries while providing “jobs for all who are free from prisons,” all written above a selfie inside a private jet and wearing his iconic MAGA hat.
After criticism from around the world, West has since decided to delete his Twitter account. The world watched as West took a stand on SNL and criticism has taken place about the situation. Davidson says he is speaking on behalf of similar “crazy” people when he says the entire situation was ridiculous, referencing his own experiences with mental illness and also adding, “What Kanye said after we went off the air last week was one of the worst, most awkward things I’ve seen here, and I’ve seen Chevy Chase speak to an intern,” adding humor to alleviate the awkwardness of the events.
Even news channels such as ET Canada are following the West scandal and on Oct. 1, 2018, host Roz Weston stated that the message of West in “a private jet, wearing a hat made in China, and wearing clothes that are not made in Milwaukee” is a direct contrast to what he is advising while co-host Graeme O’Neil states that although West provides “philosophical” and “grandiose ideas,” his arguments are not “concrete” and lack a political agenda. Some spectators think West is using this event as a publicity stunt, but regardless of West’s need for attention, he is using his large media following to preach pro-Trump messages.
West and President Donald J. Trump met on Thursday morning where West, surrounded by paparazzi and the expectant president across from him, rambled about access to mental healthcare and providing jobs across the nation. West references these things as a “trapdoor to the thirteenth amendment,” then addressing his previous act on SNL by adding, “I did say abolish with the hat on,” noting his choice to present with a politically charged MAGA hat, and following with, “because why would you keep something that is a trap door?”
In a publicized video of the interaction, Trump seemed to be trying to follow the information being presented by his radical supporter while West jumped between topics and jumbled, incomprehensible sentences. He rambles about the “four gentlemen who wrote the thirteenth amendment” and then stops, mid-sentence, to philosophize about the universe and its many floors.
West also met with presidential son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, during the visit, press secretary, Sarah Sanders said in a statement. “Topics of discussions included manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence, and what can be done to reduce violence in Chicago,” Sanders said.