Besides Matt Damon-as-Brett Kavanaugh and Adam Driver's instant classic oil baron sketch, the most memorable thing about last week's season premiere of Saturday Night Live was the weird and uncomfortable performances by musical guest Kanye West. West's third performance of the night was cut-off on air just before West paused the song to deliver an incoherent pro-Trump political speech. During Weekend Update last night, Pete Davidson addressed what the heck happened and chastised West: "Being mentally ill is not an excuse to act like a jackass." (Flashback: Obama also called Kanye a "jackass"... more than once.)
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Davidson started the segment noting that "a lot of people thought [Michael] Che should be the one to talk about Kanye, but we discussed it, because Che's black but I'm crazy, and we both know which side of Kanye's at the wheel right now." He called it one of the worst, most awkward things he's ever seen during his time at SNL ("and I've seen Chevy Chase speak to an intern"). Davidson noted that he and other SNL castmembers were stuck standing awkwardly behind West as he started his speech (which was booed by much of the audience), and he showed some footage of the moment.
He also countered West's claim that he was bullied backstage over wearing the MAGA hat: "He wore [the MAGA hat] all week. No one told him not to wear it. I wish I bullied you. I wish I would have suggested that it might upset someone, like your wife, or every black person ever." He rhetorically asked, "You know how wrong about politics you have to be for me to notice?"
Davidson, who has been open about mental illness and being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, chastised West for brushing aside taking medication. "Kanye is a genius, but a music genius. Like Joey Chestnut is a hot dog eating genius. But I don't want to hear Joey Chestnut's opinion about things that aren't hot dog related." He ended the segment by unveiling a "Make Kanye 2006 Again" hat—followed by Davidson and Che yelling, "Where's the album?" referring to Yandhi, which West announced would be released last Saturday but has now been delayed until November 23rd.
Meanwhile, West has deleted his Twitter and Instagram accounts.