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SNL writer from Memphis gets heat for racial jokes

(WMC) - A Saturday Night Live skit writer from Memphis is defending herself after many people say a weekend skit went too far with racial jokes.

Memphis native Leslie Jones appeared as an image expert to talk about Lupita Nyongo being named People Magazine's most beautiful woman. Jones quickly turned the conversation on herself when she said she would be the most useful woman -- if she was a slave.

"Back in the slave days, my love life would have been way better," she said. "Master would have hooked me up with the best brother on the plantation and every nine months, I would be in the corner having a super baby. Every nine months. Every nine months I'd just be in the corner just popping them out, Shaq, Kobe, LeBron."

The bit lasted roughly 2 1/2 minutes, but scores of negative comments were posted to Twitter for hours.

Ebony.com's senior editor said, "This Leslie Jones person is an embarrassment."

Many people vowed never to watch SNL again.

The comic took to Twitter to defend herself saying, "I'm a comic. It is my job to take things and make them funny."

She continued, "Very sad I have to defend myself to black people. Now, I'm betting if Chris Rock or Dave Chappelle did that joke, or Jay-Z or Kanye put it in a rap, they would be called brilliant."

Jones is from Memphis but grew up in California. She was hired as an SNL writer earlier this year, according to Huffington Post.

The show has a history of poking fun at everything from race to politics, but a former Memphian is now caught up in a racial controversy that is still buzzing online.

To watch the skit, click here: http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/weekend-update-leslie-jones/2779226#i

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