Stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari took on the toughest job in America at the moment when he hosted Saturday Night Live. He had to make people laugh the day after Donald Trump’s Presidential inauguration.
He did a damn good job at too.
Similar to when Dave Chappelle was charged with hosting SNL the day after Trump won the election, Ansari gave equal doses of humor and reality as people are either panicking or becoming apathetic to the idea of American democracy.
He started off his monolog drawing attention to the Women’s March On Washington this past Saturday, saying that Trump managed to have “an entire gender protest him.”
Ansari also asked that Trump’s detractors not judge all 63 million of the people who voted for him. He insisted that all of them couldn’t possibly be “dumb, racist, misogynistic and homophobic” and that many of them probably did vote for him with reservation. That’s when he drew up the brilliant comparison between Trump voters and people who still listen to Chris Brown despite his many shortcomings and controversies.
“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,” he said before the audience erupted in laughter. “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.”
He continued, “Donald Trump is basically the Chris Brown of politics and ‘Make America Great Again’ is his ‘These H*es Ain’t Loyal.'”
Ansari went on to call out the small population of Trump supporters that have become more emboldened in their racism. Some of called them the “alt-right” while Ansari prefers to call them the “lowercase KKK.”
Watch Ansari’s entire opening set below. The second season of his Netflix series Master Of None is rumored to start this April.