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Leslie Jones sparks outrage with slavery jokes on ‘Saturday Night Live’


While Andrew Garfield's turn hosting "Saturday Night Live" was widely praised, the "Weekend Update" part of the show didn't exactly sit well with some viewers.

Leslie Jones, one of the show's new writers, made an on-air appearance during Colin Josts' "Update" segment to talk about Lupita Nyong'o's "Most Beautiful" honor, but in the process she also made jokes about slavery — a topic resonant with Nyong'o's Oscar-winning film "12 Years A Slave" — that led to outrage on social media.

"Back in the slave days, I would have never been single," Jones said, after joking about being "Most Useful," as opposed to Nyong'o's "Most Beautiful" title.

"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."
"I'm just saying that back in the slave days, my love life would have been way better," she said.

"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."


Her jokes apparently led to so much backlash that the comedian went on a Twitter rant in response.

"Very sad I have to defend myself to black people," she tweeted Sunday. "Now I'm betting if Chris Rock or Dave Chappelle (sic) did that joke or (Jay Z) or Kanye put (it) in a rap they would be called brilliant."

"This exactly why black people are where we are now," she continued. "'Cause we too f--king sensitive and instead of (making) lemonade out of lemons we just suck the sour juice from the lemons. Wake up."



















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