Was Leslie Jones’ “Slave Draft” Skit On SNL Funny Or Just Plain Offensive? (VIDEO)

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    Writers and comedians over at Saturday Night Live hit it big with the hilarious Beygency skit that aired this weekend, but at least one of their segments is causing a lot of backlash…and with good reason.

    Leslie Jones, who was hired as SNL’s newest writer amid allegations producer Lorne Michaels didn’t welcome enough diversity into the creative process, appeared alongside Colin Jost for the show’s “Weekend Update.” But what was meant to be a skit celebrating People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful” recipient Lupita Nyong’o, turned into something much more nerve-hitting and, without the right historical context, degrading.

    Because making fun of forced slave breeding and the use and value of black bodies is apparently funny. 

    Here’s a portion of the “slavery draft” joke Jones delivered on Saturday:

    “The way we value black beauty has changed. I’m single now, but back in the slave days, I would have never been single. I’m 6 feet tall and I’m strong. Look at me, I’m a Mandingo,” she said.

    “I do not want to be a slave. I don’t like working for all you white people now and you pay me. But back in the slave days, my love life would have been better. Master would have hooked me up with the best brotha on the plantation and every nine months I’d be in the corner popping out super babies. I’d just keep popping them out. Shaq. Kobe, LeBron, Kimbo Slice, Sinbad. I would be the number one slave draft pick. All of the plantations would want me,” she said. “Now, I can’t get a brotha to take me out for a cheap dinner. Can a b–ch get a beef bowl?!!”

    Needless to say, that didn’t go over too well with viewers. Twitter came alive with dissent, pointing out that Jones’ joke could possibly be funny, if we lived in a bubble where everyone was knowledgeable about the horrors of slavery. Others weren’t so forgiving, calling out Jones’ irresponsible joking of forced breeding while hundreds of young girls are being sold into marriages in Nigeria and the number of sexual assaults on black women are through the roof.

    Jones, however, doesn’t seem to be taking the criticism constructively.

    Agree or disagree? Watch the video above and sound off below…

    SOURCE: Twitter, SNL | VIDEO SOURCE: HULU

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