Jack Harlow was the host rapper for “Saturday Night Live,” but Kanye West was ubiquitous on Saturday’s satirical sketch show.
During the “Weekend Update” segment, host Colin Jost fired at the unusual companies that cut ties with the rapper, now known as Ye, following his recent anti-Semitic remarks.
“Is it just me or does half of the companies that dumped Kanye look fake?” Jost asked. “I saw the headline, ‘TJ Maxx cuts ties with Kanye.’ I was like, ‘Did Kanye know he worked for TJ Maxx?’ “
“Also, unless we already associated you with Kanye, you didn’t have to announce that you were cutting ties. We didn’t need Peloton to announce, ‘We don’t play Kanye music anymore.’ Thank you, Peloton, now we can rest easy knowing we won’t be hearing ‘Gold Digger’ while we’re having a heart attack on your bike.”
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Jost said he looked forward to more unusual corporate responses to West.
“Dippin’ Dots will no longer work with…Scrub Daddy is cutting all ties…TCBY will discontinue their ‘watch the cone’ menu,” Jost said.
But the oddest undertaking was Goodwill cutting ties, “which is sort of real,” the charity’s Jost said. “They will no longer accept clothing donations from Kanye.”
“It’s ironic since Kanye lost enough money to need it,” Jost said.
Skechers’ response to Ye’s visit earns fake ‘SNL’ publicity
Another “SNL” skit looked at Skechers’ corporate response to the West controversy. The shoe company said in a statement on Wednesday that Ye “arrived unannounced and uninvited” at one of the company’s Los Angeles offices and was escorted out of the building by two Skechers executives.
“At Skechers, we pride ourselves on two things: making stylish, comfortable shoes at an affordable price, and having zero tolerance for anti-Semitism,” a Skechers representative played by Cecily Strong said in the fake “SNL” ad.
Strong’s executive noted that the company was appalled by West’s “horrible comments.” And we have sworn not to work with him in any capacity.”
She then added: ‘But, can we also point out that out of all the companies he could have approached and been rejected, he chose Skechers.’
“It took Adidas so many days to decide not to work with him. He walked in and we were, like, ‘goodbye, door,'” Strong’s character added, giving the Twitter hashtag #SkechersHeroes. “I’m proud to work for Skechers, when was the last time I said that?”
A Skechers representative played by Bowen Yang said, “We will never partner with him… Thanks but no thanks Kanye.”
“But I’m sure Kanye will find a morally dubious company to work with instead,” he added.
The fake ad ended with Mike Lindell (James Austin Johnson) announcing a MyPillow collab with West “effective immediately.”