The White Audience Is the Worst Part of the Leslie Jones' 'SNL' Slavery Skit
The backlash to Leslie Jones's forced breeding segment on Saturday Night Live centers on three complaints: forced breeding jokes aren't funny, diminishing Lupita Nyong'o's beauty isn't funny, and acting like a caricature of a black person isn't funny.
On Saturday, Jones made her debut on "Weekend Update" as an image expert commenting on Lupita Nyong'o crowning as People's Most Beautiful Person. Jones was one of the three black women added to SNL (two as writers, one as an actor) after criticism of the show's lack of black women reached a fever pitch, and this was her first time on camera. She joked about how she would have been "the No. 1 slave draft pick,” because of her size and strength, whereas in modern times she's single for those same reasons.
Is this racist, funny or a little of both?