SNL Writer Rebuts Critics over Slavery Sketch


Last year people were clamoring for Saturday Night Live to have a more diverse cast, and in response the show ended up hiring new cast member Sasheer Zamata, as well as two new black female writers, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones. Jones appeared on this past episode’s Weekend Update segment for the first time to do a bit that basically turned into an in-character Jones farcically bragging about how well she would do back in the days of slavery.

Needless to say, the bit did not go over entirely well on Twitter.

Jones responded on Twitter Sunday firing back at her critics and defending the point of the comedy. Here’s her Twitter defense in its entirety.

You can watch Jones’ segment below, via NBC:

[h/t Salon]
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