There are a number of interesting things in this situation I think are worth noting.
One of the harshest critics was Ebony.com senior editor Jamilah Lemieux, who tweeted ‘This Leslie Jones person is an embarrassment @msmarypryor. I'm so appalled right now.’
Moments later she tweeted 'So the Lupita moment had to be counteracted by a Black woman acting like a big loud monkey? Just...wow.'
I have issues with the humour itself but I will elaborate on that later. It is interesting that she made reference to the Lupita moment. In my view a lot of the appeal of Lupita among quite a few African people was tied in with her acceptability among/by whites. So it tends to be made to represent more than it does in terms of change, improvement of progress for African people in much the same way with Barack Obama. Many unconscious Blacks(middle to upper class, more formally educated etc) simply want superficial acceptance by whites and therefore are always on the guard for others who may spoil that for them. While I think there is fair basis for criticism of the skit, I think this attitude of contempt, aversion(or sometimes disregard) can go for many Blacks who represent legitimate concerns but in ways unappealing to many whites. Her description of Ms. Jones as a "big loud monkey" has nothing to do with the distastefulness of her humour and in my view exposes the biases which to a large extent drove the response.
‘Y’all so busy trying to be self righteous you miss what the joke really is. Very sad I have to defend myself to black people.
I honestly did not get the "joke" but like I pointed out above I think the response was based on more than just the "joke".
'Now I’m betting if Chris Rock or Dave [Chappelle] did that joke or jay z or Kanye put in a rap they would be called brilliant.
'Cause they all do this type of material. Just cause it came from a strong black woman who ain’t afraid to be real y’all mad.’
There definitely is a double standard where such content is concerned. The general way in which males talking about their sexuality even where they are being exploited for their sexuality is found to be funny or even "empowering". While there is some criticism of the images etc of commercial hiphop there are often attempts to bend over backwards to praise artists who represent many of these anti-black and sexist attitudes and lyrics partly because they have already acquired mainstream acceptance.
I am not sure what Ms. Jones means here by a strong black woman. I do not think simply being able to speak out loud about certain topics or to make mild about certain experiences necessarily makes you a strong person. Many times people use humour to soften or delay the pain of certain experiences, memories etc. I do not think that is necessarily a problem although if used continuously it can tend to lead you to lose your sensitivity to the experience, memory etc. Another aspect which struck me where this is concerned is the audience for your humour. I don't think all humour is for all audiences. Beyond the fact that I personally did not find it funny I think attempts at humour like this make it too easy for white people to make light of things that have not been properly addressed.
‘So here is my announcement black folks, you won’t stop me and Im gonna go even harder and deeper now.
'Cause it’s a shame that we kill each other instead of support each other. This exactly why black people are where we are now cause we too f***** sensitive and instead of make lemonade out of lemons we just suck the sour juice from the lemons. Wake up.’
I don't think we need to support everything that comes from a black person. Lack of unconditional support for everything that is done by a black person is far from the basis for the situation of African people today. I actually think it is the reverse. Lack of critically assessing what comes from both African people and others(Europeans etc) and simply accepting them plays a more significant role in the present situation.
I also disagree with the notion that African people are too sensitive. Again I think there is a general lack of sensitivity to our interest as African people among many African people.
Sometimes celebrities while pursuing their individual self interest as they see it, feel entitled to the support of African people simply because they are black. The double standard is that they do not expect to be held accountable to this same people who their expect to push their interest. They think African people should simply lend them their support without assessing how they are serving our interest. Too often they seek legitimacy or a jump start from African people so that they can go on to work for European interest with a light conscience.