“Saturday Night Live” writer Leslie Jones caused some drama during her appearance on Weekend Update on May 3. Jones, whose hiring came after a backlash to the lack of women of color on the show, touched on the subjects of race and slavery during her appearance on the Colin Jost-hosted segment.
The topic of Lupita Nyong’o being named People Magazine’s Most Beautiful was brought up, and Jones argues she would be “Most Useful.” “Back in the slave days, I would have never been single,” she says. “I’m just saying that back in the slave days, my love life would have been way better. Massah would have hooked me up with the best brotha on the plantation. … I would be the No. 1 slave draft pick. All of the plantations would want me.”
Many people were upset by Jones’ jokes, and enough made their voices known that Jones took to Twitter to respond to her critics, especially those who said she was poking fun at rape.
She continues: “And it saddens me that BLACK PEOPLE b**** and moan about the most stupid s***. I’m a comic it is my job to take things and make them funny to make you think. Especially the painful things. Why are y’all so mad. This joke was written from the pain that one night I realized that black men don’t really f*** with me and why am I single. And that in slave days I would have always had a man cause of breeding. If anybody should be offended is white folks cause it’s what they did. Y’all so busy trying to be self righteous you miss what the joke really is. Very sad I have to defend myself to black people. Now I’m betting if Chris Rock or Dave Chappelje did that joke or or jay z or Kanye put in a rap they would be called brilliant. Cause they all do this type of material. Just cause it came from a strong black woman who ain’t afraid to be real y’all mad. So here is my announcement black folks, you won’t stop me and Im gonna go even harder and deeper now. Cause it’s a shame that we kill each other instead of support each other. This exactly why black people are where we are now cause we too f***ing sensitive and instead of make lemonade out of lemons we just suck the sour juice from the lemons. Wake up.”
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