Kanye West's Shocking 'SNL' Performance & Rant Draw Mixed Reactions on Social Media

Kanye West did what he does best during his appearance on the Sept. 29 season premiere of Saturday Night Live: inspire controversy and confusion.

Whether it was him dressing up as a water bottle for his musical performance, delivering a pro-Trump speech while wearing a Make America Great Again hat, or failing to release his promised Yhandi album during the show, West drew a myriad of mixed reactions on social media.

Many SNL viewers and fans were flat-out befuddled about West and Lil Pump's performance of "I Love It," in which West wore a Perrier-inspired costume and Pump donned what appeared to be a giant bottle of Fiji water.  

"I cannot believe I just watched my idol dance around dressed as a water bottle. #SNL I love you @kanyewest," Twitter user @Stephen_rum wrote.

Elsewhere, West's fans expressed disappointment and anger when the rapper failed to release his highly anticipated new album, Yhandi. In the days leading up to the SNL season premiere, West promised on social media that Yhandi would drop during the show.

"I’m about to go on a hunger strike like Gandhi til @kanyewest drops Yandhi #Yandi," fan @NickDiCianni tweeted.

The strongest level of mixed reaction (mostly negative) came from West giving a pro-Trump speech while wearing a MAGA hat. The segment was ultimately cut from the broadcast at the end of the show, but video of the rant quickly spread across the Internet.

"Kanye’s MAGA hat on SNL isn’t cute, challenging, ironic, clever, interesting, controversial, buzzworthy, a statement, or anything else. It’s a cheap attention stunt and @nbcsnl should be ashamed. The Trump regime is a serious threat to so many people. Stop humoring this bullshit," comic book writer Rob Sheridan tweeted.
 
In sharp contrast, conservative commentator Candace Owens came to West's defense and described the rapper/fashion designer as a hero.

Even President Trump weighed in, tweeting: "Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) - no longer funny, no talent or charm. It is just a political ad for the Dems. Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told “no”), was great. He’s leading the charge!"

"Kanye West is one of the bravest man in Hollywood right now. He was booed off stage last night for openly supporting Trump and telling the truth about the Democrats breaking down black families," Owens tweeted.

See more social media reactions to West's SNL appearance below.

Reactions to West dressing as a water bottle

Reaction to West's pro-Trump speech

Reaction to West failing to release Yhandi album

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