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SNL takes aim at Kanye West with Skechers skit and weekend update jokes


Saturday Night Live (SNL) targeted Ye, better known as Kanye West, with a fake Skechers ad on an episode where he was also mocked by Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che.

The comedy show focused on Ye after the musician sought new partnerships following Adidas’ decision to end its business relationship with him after he made a series of anti-Semitic comments, including that he “was going to die con 3 on the jewish people”.

After the deal with Adidas was terminated, Ye arrived at Skechers headquarters in Los Angeles only to be denied a meeting. He was then escorted out of the building.

SNL chose to parody this moment in the ongoing saga with a fake ad for the shoe company.

Cecily Strong, Marketing Director of Skechers, Diane Cunningham, said: “At Skechers, we pride ourselves on two things: making stylish, comfortable shoes at an affordable price and having zero tolerance for anti-Semitism.

“Like the rest of the country, we were appalled by Kanye’s horrific comments and vowed never to work with him in any capacity. But, can we also point out that of all the companies he could have approached and rejected, he chose Skechers.”

The announcement then moved on to employees sharing their smug thoughts on Skechers rejecting Ye.

A shared image of Cecily Strong and Kanye West. SNL took aim at Kanye West and the Republicans.
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Skechers employee Chloe Fineman said, “Kanye came to Skechers, and Skechers said no. Do you realize how incredibly satisfying that is?”

Strong returned with a statement of elation at the turn of events, adding, “I feel really stoned like I think that’s what cocaine feels like.”

As the false publicity drew to a close, Skechers employee Bowen Yang asked who would be willing to partner with Ye, before James Austin Johnson responded as 2020 election denier Mike Lindell.

Johnson, as Lindell, said, “Hey, it’s me, Mike Lindell, founder of MyPillow and I’m happy to announce that we’re starting a relationship with Kanye West, effective immediately.”

On Weekend Update, Jost and Che made a series of jokes about Ye, referencing how many companies cut ties with the rapper and his Yeezy shoes.

Jost said, “Is it just me or do half the companies that dropped Kanye look fake? I saw the headline: ‘TJ Maxx Cuts Yeezy-Branded Merchandise Amid Kanye West Fallout . I was like, did Kanye know he worked for TJ Maxx?”

Che joked about Adidas’ decision to stop making Yeezy shoes, adding that “Yeezy fans say this is the worst thing that’s happened to them since any puddle.”

As SNL took aim at Kanye, the cast also made several jokes about Republicans Dr. Mehmet Oz, Kari Lake, and Herschel Walker — all candidates in the midterm elections.

In the cold open Mikey Day as a Senate candidate from Pennsylvania, Oz, and Strong as an election denier, Arizona gubernatorial candidate Lake were asked how they managed to get establish in their respective races.

Heidi Gardner’s Judy Woodruff asked Oz how he managed to bridge the once-large gap between himself and Democrat John Fetterman.

He replied: “Let’s remember I was a long shot, Judy, but I always thought to myself, you can win this election if you’re honest if you’re fair and your opponent has a debilitating medical emergency. So, we are very lucky.”

Strong responded to questions about her appeal, adding, “Because I’m normal Judy. I’m just a regular girl from my hometown, constantly blurry and lit like some 90s Cinemax softcore. And frankly, I just click with the many wonderful terrified old people here in arizona west florida besides i am a fighter in my life i have returned over 2000 salads and am not afraid of do the same with democracy.”

During the Weekend Update segment, Michael Che took aim at the Walker abortion scandal.

He said: “Herschel Walker denied claims by a second wife that he pressured her into having an abortion, saying ‘I’m done with this madness’. That’s also what Walker says when he takes off the condom.”

Newsweek contacted the Walker, Lake and Oz campaigns as well as Skechers for comment.

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