Uproar Continues Over SNL Slave Skit
Everyone's still fired up over that controversial routine about slavery on Saturday Night Live.
Four days ago, Leslie Jones was a largely unknown comedienne. Not anymore. Then she made her on-air SNL debut during the Weekend Update segment. The show had hired her as a writer just four months ago.
In the skit, she jokes about slavery, saying, "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. And every nine months I'd be in the corner havin' a super baby. Every nine months! Every nine months I'd just be in the corner just popping them out. Shaq! Kobe! I would be the No. 1 slave draft pick. All of the plantations would want me."
On The View, Whoopi Goldberg said, "If you went to see this girl in a club, you'd be laughing your behind off. I'm sorry. But I think because it's on a wider platform, you're uncomfortable with it. But I tell you, it's funny."
An editor for ebony.com immediately lashed out on social media: "This Leslie Jones person is an embarrassment...I'm so appalled right now. So the Lupita moment had to be counteracted by a black woman acting like a big loud monkey? Just...wow."
Now, everyone's weighing in. Did Leslie Jones' "slavery shtick" cross the line?
On The Talk, Sheryl Underwood said, "That's a young girl trying to be in a hard game, and I can't criticize her."
Judge Glenda Hacket said on CNN, "I actually thought it was way out of bounds. I was offended by it."
Also on CNN, Don Lemon said, "Leave the woman alone. Give her the freedom the rest of the cast has."
Jones is striking back at her critics on Twitter: "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 [it] in a rap they would be called brilliant. 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."
Whoopie Goldberg also said on The View, "She might not be your cup of tea, and that's okay. But this kind of outcry that's happening is a little bit over the top, in my opinion."