Kanye West responds after Issa Rae says 'F him!' during 'SNL' skit about presidential election

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Kanye West responded to Issa Rae's joke on "SNL." Amanda Edwards / Getty Images; Randy Holmes / Getty Images
  • Kanye West responded to Issa Rae's joke on "Saturday Night Live" about his 2020 presidential election campaign.

  • "Kanye? F him!" the "Insecure" star, who hosted the comedy sketch series for the first time on Saturday, said. 

  • West, who's appeared as a musical guest on "SNL" numerous times, responded to the joke via Twitter on Sunday. 

  • "Ive always said SNL uses black people to hold other black people back. My heart goes out to Issa Rae. I'm praying for her and her family," he wrote. 

  • West added, "I know that the twenty years of service that I've paid in the entertainment field has furthered our ability to be more successful."

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Kanye West wasn't amused by Issa Rae's joke about his 2020 presidential election campaign from last weekend's "Saturday Night Live."

In a segment called "Your Voice Chicago," the "Insecure" star, who over the weekend hosted the comedy sketch series for the first time, played a lawyer for the NAACP.

When the news anchor, played by Kenan Thompson, asked which candidates she planned to vote for, Rae responded, "I'll be honest, I'm voting for everybody Black."

The line mirrored her comment from the 2017 Emmys, in which she said she was "rooting for everybody Black."

Thompson ended the sketch by saying they would talk about the presidential race between President Donald Trump, the Democrat Joe Biden, and the rapper Kanye West after the commercial break.

"Kanye? F him!" Rae, as the NAACP attorney, responded.

On Sunday, West, who's appeared as a musical guest on "SNL" numerous times, addressed Rae's joke via Twitter.

"Ive always said SNL uses black people to hold other black people back," he began.

The rapper continued: "My heart goes out to Issa Rae I'm praying for her and her family. I know that the twenty years of service that I've paid in the entertainment field has furthered our ability to be more successful."

West also shared a screenshot of a Google search result for Rae's name.

The "Ultralight Beam" artist has previously aired his grievances about the long-running NBC program.

Appearing as the musical guest for the season 44 premiere in September 2018, West performed three times before making an unplanned speech at the end of the show.

The rapper, who's friendly with Trump, delivered an off-air speech in favor of the president and wore a red "Make America Great Again" hat on the Studio 8H stage. He mentioned that the "SNL" cast and crew attacked him for wearing the hat.

"They bullied me backstage. They bullied me and then they say I'm in the sunken place," West told the audience, according to a video that was shared to YouTube. "You want to see the sunken place? OK. I'm gonna listen to y'all now. I'm gonna put my Superman cape on because this means you can't tell me what to do."

According to Deadline, West's pro-Trump messaging was met with booing from the "SNL" audience.

Following the episode, Thompson, who left the show before West's remarks, said the rapper brought the cast back onstage after the show ended to listen to him.

"He voiced his opinion very loudly for a long time," the "SNL" cast member said on "Late Night With Seth Meyers."

He added: "We're all entitled to our opinions. I don't know if that's the moment necessarily to hold people hostage like that."

The "SNL" cast member Pete Davidson, who walked off the stage during West's speech, also responded to West's behavior on the following week's "Weekend Update" segment with the "SNL" head writer Colin Jost.

"Speaking strictly for myself, what Kanye said after we went off the air last week was one of the worst, most awkward things I've ever seen here," he said, adding, "And I've seen Chevy Chase speak to an intern."

So far, Rae hasn't responded. Insider reached out to a rep for the actress but didn't immediately hear back.

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