Kanye West has once again found himself the subject of a Saturday Night Live sketch following a turbulent week in the news.
On the latest episode of the long-running sketch show, SNL writers chose to center their Ye commentary on his unannounced visit to Skechers on Wednesday (October 26).
The skit is presented as a mock PSA from the sneaker company, in which employees run through a script doubling down on Skechers decision not to work with Ye. The “employees” then begin joking about the irony of Skechers being in a position to turn Kanye West down.
“Can we also point out that of all the companies he could have approached and been rejected by, he chose Skechers,” an actor says during the skit. “Skechers has always been a hip, edgy company; everyone knows that. So of course Kanye came to us first. Kanye came to Skechers, and Skechers said ‘No.’ Do you realize how insanely satisfying that feels?”
Ye’s visit to the company’s headquarters in Manhattan Beach, CA was not met with laughter by the executives at the Jewish-led brand, especially in light of West’s recent anti-Semitic comments.
Kanye West reportedly didn’t have a meeting on the schedule with executives and so he was forced to leave after a brief conversation about the unauthorized filming he and his team were undertaking on the premises.
According to TMZthe Chicago native was allegedly escorted out of the building.
“Skechers is not considering and has no intention of working with West,” a spokesperson for the company said after he left. “We condemn his recent divisive remarks and do not tolerate antisemitism or any other form of hate speech. Again, West showed up unannounced and uninvited to Skechers corporate offices.”
It’s unclear what Kanye West’s intentions were but he is in search of a new footwear partner for YEEZY after adidas decided to terminate its contract with the “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” artist earlier this week. The move decimated Kanye’s net worth from a reported $2 billion to about $400 million, per Forbes.
October also saw the end of Kanye West’s relationship with Balenciaga, Vogue, and his talent agency CAA. It also saw the departure of Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown and NFL All-Pro Aaron Donald from the roster of athletes represented by Donda Sports.
Amidst all of the business shakeups, parents of “scholars” at the Donda Academy also learned this week that the school would be abruptly shutting down for the remainder of the school year.
On Friday (October 29), Kanye West offered an apology to the family of George Floyd after saying that Floyd died from fentanyl, and not from the physical force of Minneapolis police officers.
“When I see that video as a Black person, it hurts my feelings,” West said. “And I know that police do attack [sic] and that America is generally racist. And I understand that when we got to say Black Lives Matter, the idea of it made us feel good together as a people. Now, afterwards there was some things where the money went in order to push us to the Democratic vote.”
West went on to say that because adidas ended its business relationship with him, he understands the pain he caused by spreading conspiracy theories about Floyd’s death.