USA: SNL host Aziz Ansari’s message for Trump: ‘Change comes from large groups of angry people’
ByFAKIHA BAIG Staff Reporter, The Toronto Star
Sun., Jan. 22, 2017
In a thoughtful yet hilarious monologue, actor and comedian Aziz Ansari lampooned U.S. President Donald Trump in the first post-inauguration episode ofSaturday Night Live(SNL).
“Pretty cool to know, though, he’s probably at home right now watching a brown guy make fun of him though, right,” said Ansari, who isthe first South Asian host of SNL.
The 33-year-oldMaster of Noneactor urged the 45th president of the United States to confront the racist rhetoric that’s on the rise in the U.S.
“There’s like this new, lowercase K.K.K. movement that started — this kind of casual white supremacy,” Ansari said.
“I’m talking about these people that are running around saying stuff like, ‘Trump won! Go back to Africa!’ ‘Trump won! Go back to Mexico!’ They see me: ‘Trump won, go back — to where you came from,’” Ansari joked, drawing from his own personal experience of growing up in South Carolina.
He then went on to paraphrase an inspiring speech by former president George W. Bush that emphasized the need for “basic human decency” when confronting Islamophobia before coming to the realization that Bush seems like a great president compared to the current one.
“Sixteen years ago, I was certain this dude was a dildo. Now, I’m sitting there like, ‘He guided us with his eloquence,’” Ansari said.
Other memorable moments included a sketch in which a bare-chested Vladimir Putin, played by Beck Bennett, made an appearance to give advice to the newly elected president.
“Today many of you are scared and marching in the streets,” Bennett as Putin says. “You are worried that your country is in the hands of this unpredictable man. But it’s not. I promise that we will take care of America. It’s the most expensive thing that we’ve bought.”
Earlier in the day, the real Trump appeared at the CIA to deliver remarks, where he falsely claimed about 1 million people came to his inauguration. Then as thousands of demonstrators convened on Washington for the Women’s March, Trump’s press secretary told reporters in the White House briefing room that “this was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period.”
Bennett as Putin addressed the crowd size fiasco: “Donald, let’s talk as friends. You’re not off to a great a start, man. I thought you’d be better at this. However, I am happy so many people came to your inauguration.”
A photo of people marching flashed on the screen, and he added: “Oh, wait, that’s the women’s march. Here’s the inauguration.” Then a photo from Friday, which shows some empty white panels on the National Mall, was shown to cheers.
“And today you went to the CIA and said one million people came to see you in Washington, D.C.,” Putin onSNLcontinued. “If you’re going to lie, don’t make it so obvious. Say you’re friends with LeBron James, not that you are LeBron James.”
Trump, usually played by Alec Baldwin, did not make an appearance.