The stand-up comic-turned-SNL-writer performed a monologue commenting on People naming Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o their most beautiful person, and began to make jokes about slavery.
Not a smart move – using Nyong’o, the sweetheart of everything Hollywood right now – her motivation for a segue into slave jokes.
Jones went on a soliloquy about the effect her six foot stature would have had on her love life during slavery saying; “back in the slave days, my love life would of been way better. I would be the number one slave draft pick,” said Jones.
The comedian’s comments set social media ablaze, and today on MSNBC’s The Reid Report, fellow comic Jackie Fabulous came to Jones’ defense.
“I know Leslie, I’ve seen her perform hundreds of times and she’s aggressively funny… That’s her job.” Jackie said. “They’ve said way worse things on Weekend Update throughout the years. She was amazing, she was hilarious.”
Chris Witherspoon of theGrio disagreed.
“I think what a lot of people are outraged about is it just wasn’t smart,” Witherspoon said. “It wasn’t smart humor. She just came on and started talking about slavery. Comparing Lupita Nyong’o, who’s really having her Cinderella moment, to being at a slave auction or being on a plantation.”
Witherspoon added the joke would have been a “hit” if Jones had worked in a reference to LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling or Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.
“SNL probably should have known better, but it’s SNL,” he concluded. “It’s a comedy show.”
What do you think? Do you agree with Jackie Fabulous or Chris Witherspoon?
Watch them below with MSNBC’s Joy Reid: