Pete Davidson (L) takes on Kanye West alongside Colin Jost during "Weekend Update" on "Saturday Night Live." (Photo: NBC, Will Heath/NBC)
Make Kanye 2006 Again.
That was the message from “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson, who had words for Kanye West following the rapper’s controversial, politically charged speech after the show ended last week.
“Do you know how wrong you have to be about politics for me to notice? You know how annoying that it is,” Davidson said during the “Weekend Update” news segment.
Following his performance last week, West took to the “Saturday Night Stage” after the cameras had stopped rolling. Videos of his speech which emerged afterwards featured West hitting a variety of topics, wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
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Pete dropped by the Weekend Update desk to talk about last week’s musical guest, Kanye West. #SNLpic.twitter.com/LFzJJFTnbV
West suggested the show’s producers didn’t want him to wear the MAGA hat on stage. “They bullied me backstage. They said, ‘Don’t go out there with that hat on.’ ”
Davidson took issue with that, even though he noted that West’s wife Kim Kardashian West would be upset by the hat.
“(West) started by saying that people backstage tried to bully him into not wearing it. He wore it all week. No one told him not to wear it,” said Davidson. “I wish I bullied him. I wish I had suggested it might upset people. Like your wife, or every black person ever.”
Davidson agreed that West is a “musical genius,” the same way Joey Chestnut is a “hot dog-eating genius.”
“But I don’t want to hear Joey Chestnut’s opinion on things that are not hot dog related,” he said.
Davidson, who has spoken about his struggles with mental illness on the show, urged West to go back on his medication: “Take ’em. There’s no shame in the medicine game.”
“Being mentally ill is no excuse to act like a jackass,” said Davidson.
So how can Kanye repair the damage? Davidson had a solution, pulling out a red hat he made, “Make Kanye 2006 Again.”
Even guest host Awkwafina had a Kayne slam during her opening number, knocking Kanye’s musical performance as a Perrier bottle.
“I was going to come out dressed as a water bottle, but apparently someone did that last week,” Awkwafina said.
Kanye’s response? Nothing. The rapper has deleted his Twitter and Instagram account.
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