He did not stay bottled up for long.
Kanye West stunned the “Saturday Night Live” audience as well as cast members with a post-show rant about politics and Donald Trump after this weekend’s season premiere.
West, who dressed as Perrier bottle earlier in the show, remained on stage following his third song of the night, and the speech went viral on social media after it was recorded by a shocked Chris Rock.
“So many times I talk to a white person and [they] say, ‘How could you like Trump, he’s racist?’ Well, if I was concerned about racism I would’ve moved out of America a long time ago,” Yeezus said on stage early Sunday after the “SNL” season premiere.
West, who was sporting a Trump “Make America Great Again” hat, also addressed the “Get Out” memes that had circulated about his relationship with President Trump: “You wanna see the sunken place? Okay, Im’a listen to y’all now. I’ma put my superman cape on, because this means you can’t tell me what to do … You want the world to move forward? Try love.”
He also discussed his plan to run for president in 2020 and a need for “dialogue not a diatribe,” according to Variety. Only a few people in the audience applauded, and host Adam Driver and some cast members seemed startled.
A witness told Variety that “the entire studio fell dead silent.”
West did not back down from his comments Sunday as he tweeted an apparent selfie with the red “MAGA” hat.
“This represents good and America becoming whole again,” he wrote in the tweet. “We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love.”
The 13th Amendment abolished slavery in 1865. West added that “the 13th Amendment is slavery in disguise meaning it never ended We are the solution that heals.”
Ariana Grande was originally scheduled to be the musical guest on “SNL,” but she dropped out for “emotional reasons.” The show featured Matt Damon’s portrayal of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct.
Kanye’s comments were widely criticized online, but one person who showed his support on Sunday was President Trump.
“Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) – no longer funny, no talent or charm,” Trump tweeted. “It is just a political ad for the Dems. Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told “no”), was great. He’s leading the charge!”
Conservative commentator Candace Owens called the “SNL” cast “cowards” after the show as she came to West’s defense.
“The entire @nbcsnl show last night was anti-Trump, anti-Kavanaugh, and anti-American,” she tweeted. “Kanye let them all act, waited until the end and then essentially called the entire cast out for what they are: COWARDS.”
In another surprise, Kanye had made a surprising announcement before the show — he said he is changing his name to YE.