Leslie Jones came under fire on Saturday over a Saturday Night Live bit where she joked that she would have been the ‘number one slave draft pick’ if we were still in the slave days.
On the ‘Weekend Update’ of the show, Jones – who was talking about the recent naming of 12 Years a Slave actress Lupita Nyong’o as People Magazine’s Most beautiful woman in the World – had said, ‘The way we view black beauty has changed. See, I’m single right now, but back in the slave days, I would have never been single. I’m six feet tall and I’m strong, Colin. Strong! I mean, look at me, I’m a mandingo!’
‘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,’ she had continued. ‘I would be the No. 1 slave draft pick.’
This statement immediately drew intense backlash on the social media, with Ebony magazine editor Jamilah Lemieux tweeting, ‘This Leslie Jones person is an embarrassment… I’m so appalled right now.’
Jones, however, lashed back at her critics in a long Twitter post on Sunday:
It saddens me that BLACK PEOPLE bitch and moan about the most stupid sh*t. 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 Chappelle did that joke 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. 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 asses for attacking her she she also was 6’2 and strong. And she laughed her ass 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!!!