Leslie Jones And The Diversity of Comedy

Update: Leslie Jones is now added to the cast of Saturday Night Live as a featured player.

I am so glad that Phoebe Robinson wrote this piece on the “outrage” some people felt about Leslie Jones jokes on SNL last Saturday. I am not outraged. BTW, I almost started the hashtag, #istandwithleslie but I was afraid of getting kicked out of #blacktwitter. Her jokes are from her experience and I appreciate that. We Black people are not a monolith. [Write that one hundred times on a chalkboard like Black Bart Simpson.] It seems hypocritical that the some of the same people who badgered SNL for the lack of diversity, get mad at SNL when they showcase the diversity. Not every African American comic is going to tell the same jokes. A comedian is best when they speak to their truth. Leslie’s material may not be your cup of tea, but Chelsea Handler is just not funny. 🙂

Anyway, here’s a quote from Leslie:
“I’m a comic, it is my job to take things and make them funny to make you think. Especially the painful things. Why are y’all so mad. This joke was written from the pain that one night I realized that black men don’t really f—k with me and why am I single. And that in slave days I would have always had a man cause of breeding.”

Phoebe Robinson is a comedian, podcaster and writer. She is also Cool Black People. Check her out!

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