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Casey Johnson Casey Johnson
May 5th, 2014 1:06pm EDT

Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones has defended herself after she was criticized for a controversial skit from this weekend's Saturday Night Live where she described herself as "the #1 slave draft pick."

Jones, a writer for SNL, appeared on the show's Weekend Update to talk about Lupita Nyong'o being named People's Most Beautiful Woman.

"The way we view black beauty has changed," she told Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost. "See, I’m single right now, but back in the slave days, I would have never been single. I’m six feet tall and I’m strong, Colin. Strong! I mean, look at me, I’m a mandingo!

"I’m just saying that 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. I would be the #1 slave draft pick."

Ebony senior editor Jamilah Lemieux wrote the next morning, "This Leslie Jones person is an embarrassment @msmarypryor. I'm so appalled right now. Several similar reactions followed.

Jones tooks to twitter to defend herself, writing in several Tweets, "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 [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."

"So here is my announcement black folks, you won’t stop me and Im gonna go even harder and deeper now. Cause it’s a shame that we kill each other instead of support each other. This exactly why black people are where we are now cause we too f---ing sensitive and instead of make lemonade out of lemons we just suck the sour juice from the lemons. Wake up."

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