During his opening monologue on the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, British actor Daniel Kaluuya held no punches while taking jabs at Britain’s racism, particularly in the wake of Oprah Winfrey‘s interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
In the interview, which aired in March, Markle said a member of the royal family expressed concerns about the baby’s complexion.
The Oscar nominee described himself as “basically what the royal family was worried the baby would look like,” referring to the controversy that stemmed from Oprah’s interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
He then compared racism in America to that in Britain.
“British racism is so bad white people left,” he said. “They wanted to be free — free to create their own kind of racism. That’s why they invented Australia, South Africa and Boston.”
“My family’s sperm is literally about that life,” he said. “They say Black don’t crack, but condoms do.”
Kaluuya also used the cold open to pay respect to Fred Hampton, the iconic Black Panther activist he portrayed in Judas.
“A man who crated strategies for free education, free healthcare and free breakfast for kids,” the actor said while describing Hampton.
The Golden Globe winner closed the monologue with a reflection of his journey to stardom.
“When I was 9 years old I wrote a play that got performed at Hampshire Theatre with real actors and everything. This is a true story,” he said. “That play was based on Kenan & Kel. And that play led me down a path that got me to this stage tonight with Kenan backstage right now. So I just want to take this moment, in front of Kenan and the whole world, to say: Thank you, Mom. Thank you, God. And thank you, Kel.”