Comedian Leslie Jones Criticized Over "Saturday Night Live" Slavery Skit

    Jones answered her critics via Twitter Sunday.

    During May 3's episode of Saturday Night Live, writer and comedian Leslie Jones appeared as an image expert on the show's "Weekend Update" skit.

    "Back in the slave days, my love life would have been way better,” Jones joked during the skit.

    Some fans were amused by Jones' skit:

    Leslie Jones' brazen Weekend Update appearance suggests #SNL might actually be able to bring it when it comes to race-related humor.

    I demand more Leslie Jones. You hear me, Lorne Michaels? More Leslie! #SNL

    WOW. Leslie Jones, you are amazing. I just laughed for five minutes straight. Instant fan. #snl

    While others criticized the comedian:

    Slave jokes? No, not the way to introduce another black contributor to #snl If you're funy, you can make other material funny.

    I will *not* be watching #SNL @nbcsnl again for a very long time. Slavery, forced breeding & "slave drafts" aren't comedic. #LeslieJones

    Really @SNLUpdate @nbcsnl??? Is this Leslie "I'm not cute but I'd make a great slave wife" Jones a new cast member? What a demeaning skit.

    Welp, we wanted more black representation on #SNL and we got it with Leslie "No. 1 Slave Draft Pick" Jones

    Sunday night, Jones took to her own Twitter account to address the highly controversial jokes in her 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 fucking 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? 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

    Jones continued to elaborate on her argument to her followers:

    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 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.

    She even took time to directly address her fans' concerns:

    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

    . @Lesdoggg he wouldnt have been your "man". Your reflections on the piece reveal a deep misunderstandings of the reality of chattel slavery

    @abitofbrownsuga ITS A FUCKING JOKE!! YOU DONT BELUEVE CINDERELLA HAD GLASS SLIPPERS. It's not meant to be taken so serious

    And joke around with them:

    .@Lesdoggg Wait...does mean I have to go pick up our kids again?!?

    @5150ellis dammit mark they gone take them kids from us

    @Lesdoggg Well shit. Guess we'll just have to make us some new ones! #Romance

    By the end of the night Jones issued an apology, and deleted several tweets.

    sorry had a moment, can't when over the haters i am not the jackass whisperer. that is all…

    Watch the controversial SNL skit in its entirety here:

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