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Saturday Night Live Writer Defends Slavery Jokes

Date May 05, 2014

Leslie Jones, Colin Jost

Saturday Night Live is never shy about taking on taboo topics, but this weekend's episode, which featured a bit making jokes about slavery, has caused quite an Internet stir.

On Saturday's "Weekend Update" segment, writer Leslie Jones made her on-screen debut in a bit about being single. Jones then talked about slavery, saying, "Back in the slave days, I would've never been single. I'm 6 feet tall and I'm strong!" She then continued by saying, "I do not want to be a slave. I don't like working for you white people now, and ya'll pay me. I'm just saying back in the slave days, my love life would've been way better. Master would've hooked me up with the best brother on the plantation."

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After receiving a ton of negative feedback online, Jones took to Twitter to defend herself.

"It saddens me that BLACK PEOPLE bi--- and moan about the most stupid sh--. I'm a comic it is my job to take things and make them funny," she writes. "Now I'm betting if Chris Rock or Dave [Chappelle] 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." (Read the rest of her comments here.)

Watch the sketch below. Do you think Jones went too far?

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