The “Ghostbusters” star is attacked on Twitter but hopefully some good will come from it
I’ve been going back and forth about whether or not to say anything about Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones, but I’m just going to go ahead and put my two cents out there.
Leslie Jones’ brand of humor is disconcerting to me, especially that time on Saturday Night Live when she glorified rape and breeding during slavery, and on another ocassion when, after being confronted by black people about her anti-blackness, she promptly blocked many fans on Twitter, chided them for not having a sense of humor, and told several black women to, well, just go away.
You can see the skit for yourself here. Scroll ahead to about the seven-minute mark:
Now that Jones is being attacked on social media, especially Twitter, it’s very hard for me to conjure any sympathy for her or defend her against anti-black remarks dripping with terrifying misogynoir when she herself played into those very things and turned her back on black women when called out for her hand in it.
Where is the rape idiots. I said nothing about rape you fucking morons. I was talking about being match to another strong brother.
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) May 4, 2014
It’s hard for me to defend her in any way, not when she made a joke on national TV about how great she’d have it as a slave and then threw her hands up and yelled, “Uncle!” as soon as she was victimized by racial abuse on Twitter led by Milo Yiannopoulos, even though it was only a teensy fraction of the racial abuse a slave would encounter.
In my opinion, she owes black women an apology just as much as much as white America may owe her one.
That being said, I’ve already written several times about how biased these social media platforms’ abuse policies are, so if she helps shine a light on the greater picture then that’s a win too.