Aziz takes aim at "casual white supremacy" in his SNL opening.
Taking the SNL stage one day after Donald Trump's inauguration, it seemed only right that Aziz Ansari address the fears of the country in his opening monologue. The comedian acknowledged the expectations of a Trump roast right off the bat, before going on to pick apart the problems America is facing in the impending Trump era.
Ansari brought up the racist "Alt-Right" movement, who he referred to as the "lower case KKK," as well as the way the Make America Great Again campaign has encouraged racists to be more up-front about their beliefs than ever before. "The problem is, there's a new group. 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!'"
"Hate crimes and stuff are on the rise. As far as people of my own skin tone, Brown people," he said, later. "I think part of the problem is a lot of these people haven't interacted with Brown people in normal life. The only people they see are these monsters on the news that are just a drop in the ocean." Aziz then joked that CNN should screen a clip of some Brown people doing "normal stuff" like eating nachos in order to calm down the misguided fear mongers.
At one point, he called Donald Trump "the Chris Brown of politics," meaning that while he has many followers that do support his unforgivable actions, some of his voters may decided to overlook certain aspects of his campaign. "I'm sure there's a lot of people who voted for Trump the same way a lot of people listen to the music of Chris Brown. Where it's like 'hey man, I'm just here for the tunes. I don't know about that other stuff. I just like the dancing and the music, I don't condone the extracurriculars." According to Aziz, Make America Great Again is Trump's "Loyal."
Big Sean was the musical guest on this week's episode of SNL. Watch him debut a new song on the show here.