Senior Editor of Ebony.com, Jamilah Lemieux slammed Saturday Night Live star, Leslie Jones on Twitter over the weekend after Jones’ “embarrassing” comedy sketch about being the “Number 1 slave draft pick.”
“This Leslie Jones person is an embarrassment @msmarypryor. I’m so appalled right now,” Jamilah wrote on the social media website.
During the skit, Jones was discussing Lupita Nyong’o being named one of People’s most beautiful and how “the way we view Black beauty has changed.” But then, Jones went into an entire spiel about how if she [Jones] was a slave, she would not only be the most popular on the plantation, but her love life would have been amazing.
“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 … I would be the No. 1 slave draft pick,” Jones said during the show.
On Sunday afternoon, the comedian took to Twitter to address some of the negative comments surrounding her controversial skit.
“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. Where is the rape idiots. I said nothing about rape you f*cking 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,” she wrote in a long Twitter post.
“I would have been used for breeding straight up. That’s my reality. And it saddens me that BLACK PEOPLE b*tch 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 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 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 fucking sensitive and instead of make lemonade out of lemons we just suck the sour juice from the lemons. Wake up.”