This week’s “Saturday Night Live” host, Aziz Ansari, led the best “SNL” of the season on Saturday, and the jewel at the center was his opening monologue addressing the new state of affairs in the U.S.
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election to the highest office in the land, Ansari called out that segment of the population that took advantage of the moment to come out of their racist closets.
“The problem is, there’s a new group,” Ansari said. “I’m talking about this tiny slice of people that have gotten way too fired up about the Trump thing for the wrong reasons. I’m talking about these people that, as soon as Trump won, they’re like, ‘We don’t have to pretend like we’re not racist anymore! We don’t have to pretend anymore! We can be racist again! Whoo! Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! No, no! If you’re one of these people, please go back to pretending. You’ve got to go back to pretending. I’m so sorry we never thanked you for your service. We never realized how much effort you were putting into the pretending. But you gotta go back to pretending.
“Hey. I know it’s been a rough couple of years,” Ansari continued, referring to this group as the “lower-case kkk.” “It’s just been hit after hit after hit. ‘Star Wars’ movies where the only white characters are stormtroopers. I get it! It’s been rough! But you’ve got to stop.”
The point, Ansari said, is that everybody who’s here in America is here to stay, so there’s not really any point in all that racist nonsense.
“My parents moved from India to South Carolina in the early ’80s,” he said. “They didn’t move until nine years ago. You know where they moved? North Carolina. They love it here. They’re not leaving.”
You can see the full nine-minute monologue for yourself above.
This week’s “SNL” missed out on another appearance from Alec Baldwin lampooning Donald Trump with his now-famous impersonation, but in his stead we got a cold open starring “SNL” regular Beck Bennett as a shirtless Vladimir Putin explaining how actually everything is fine because he’s the one in charge of the U.S. now, not Trump.