VIDEO: SNL newbie Leslie Jones under fire for slavery jokes
SNL newb Leslie Jones is catching flack for a Weekend Update bit, but she DGAF what we think.
Leslie Jones made quite a splash during her first appearance on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update. The writer, one of three black women hired in January, voiced her opinions on Lupita Nyong'o's appearance on the cover of People's "50 Most Beautiful" issue — but it was her musings on her own personal life that rubbed some the wrong way.
"Back in the slave days, my love life would have been way better," Jones said. "Master would have hooked me up with the best brother on the plantation and every nine months I'd be in the corner having a super-baby. Every nine months I'd be in the corner just popping them out. Shaq! Kobe! Lebron!"
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The bit caused a huge backlash about racism and how sexual abuse of slaves has historically been ignored — but Jones is not having it. She posted a lengthy rant about people's complaints on Twitter.
"Ok I wasn't gonna say any thing because I know that dumb people know how to use the computer too, but now this is so ridiculous," she wrote.
"Where is the rape idiots. I said nothing about rape you f***ing morons. I was talking about being match to another strong brother. Not being rape by white man. What part of this joke that wasn't true? I would have been used for breeding straight up. That's my reality.
"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 [sic] 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," she continued. "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.
"I wouldn't be able to do a joke like that if I didn't know my history or proud of where I came from and who I am. My dad is the biggest militant in the world and he would have loved that joke. My grandmother went to jail for whooping two white men a**es for attacking her she she also was 6'2 and strong. And she laughed her a** off. Get over yourself and you might as well get use to it cause I'm good at what I do and I ain't going nowhere!!! #bouttowakemfsup"