Over the weekend, one of Saturday Night Live’s recently hired female, black writers, Leslie Jones, appeared in a Weekend Update segment that I will admit I found very funny. Others agreed, others clearly did not, as Twitter and Facebook were alight with those who found the entire segment to be distasteful and offensive.
The portion of the segment that some found offensive were these lines:
“The way we view black beauty has changed. Look at me. I am single right now. But back in the slave days, I would’ve NEVER been single. I’m six feet tall and I’m strong, Colin. STRONG. I’m a Mandingo … I do not want to be a slave … I’m just saying that, back in the slave days, my love life would’ve been much better. My master would’ve hooked me up with the best brother on the plantation. And every nine months I’d have been in the corner having a super baby … I would be the number one slave draft pick.”
OK. Written out, seeing those words in print rather than the way in which they were delivered by Leslie Jones, I can see why some would take offense, especially those who may have misunderstood the sketch to suggest that the hypothetical Leslie Jones slave was being raped.
Jones, however, took offense to those who took offense, and jumped on Twitter to defend herself. There were a lot of Tweets, so instead of breaking them up into 140 character chunks, here’s what she said in full:
OK, I wasn’t gonna say anything because I know that dumb people know how to use the computer too, but now this is so ridiculous. Where is the rape idiots? I said nothing about rape you fucking morons. I was talking about being match to another strong brother. Not being rape[d] by white men. 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 bitch and moan about the most stupid shit. 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 fuck with me and why am I single. And that in slave days I would have always had a man cause of breeding. If anybody 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 I’m gonna go even harder cause we too fucking 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.
If you missed it, here’s the sketch in question: