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“I know you’re hearing my accent and thinking, ‘Oh no. He’s not Black. He’s British.’ I’m here to reassure you that I’m Black, and I’m British,” he said, before adding the subtle jab to the Royal Family and reference to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son Archie, “I’m what the royal family was worried the baby would look like.”
The joke referenced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which they alleged that there were conversations and “concerns” in the royal family about the baby’s skin color, even before the couple knew it would be a baby boy. Though it was never identified who said the comment, Winfrey said on CBS This Morning that Prince Harry confirmed that it was not his grandmother or grandfather.
For his monologue, the Judas and the Black Messiah actor proceeded to compare British racism and American racism and determined which was”worse.”
“Let me put it this way. British racism is so bad, white people left. They wanted to be free — free to create their own kinds of racisms. That’s why they invented Australia, South Africa and Boston,” Kaluuya said.
Later on, Kaluuya addressed the technical mishap that occurred during his Golden Globes acceptance speech. Due to the pandemic, all nominees appeared remotely via video feed. Kaluuya, who secured the first award of the night, for best supporting actor in a motion picture for Judas and the Black Messiah, was shown speaking but his audio was not working.
“I was muted. Can you believe that? I told the best joke of my life and I was muted. I felt like I was in a sunken place,” the actor quipped while giving a nod to his role in Get Out.
Saturday night marked Kaluuya’s first time hosting the NBC variety sketch series. He recently received an Oscar nomination for portraying activist Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah.
Watch Kaluuya’s full monologue below.
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