Jones made an appearance on the “Weekend Update” section of the show and her slave jokes didn’t go over well with some viewers.
Leslie sat down with Colin Josts during the segment to discuss Lupita Nyong’o’s “Most Beautiful” honor, but she worked her way into slave jokes that outraged many.
Jones stated, “Back in the slave days, I would have never been single. I’m 6 feet tall, and I’m strong, Colin.I mean, look at me, I’m a mandingo.”
Jost then asked Jones if she meant she’d “rather be a slave.”
She replied, “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.”
Ebony.com senior editor Jamilah Lemieux tweeted, “This Leslie Jones person is an embarrassment @msmarypryor. I’m so appalled right now.”
The jokes received so much backlash that Jones went on a Twitter rant.
Leslie tweeted, “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***** sensitive and instead of make lemonade out of lemons we just suck the sour juice from the lemons. Wake up.”
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