Leslie Jones talks second ‘SNL’ Emmy nomination, growing backlash against comedy
Dana Edelson/NBC(NEW YORK) — Leslie Jones is sharing her excitement over her second Emmy nomination as well as voicing her concerns about the silencing of comedians.
“I wanna win, baby!” Jones said on Monday’s The View. “[Keep your] toes, ears, eyes, all that crossed!”
For the second time, the comedian and actress is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance on Saturday Night Live.
After dishing on her nod, Jones also took a moment to react to a recent New York Times article that asked, “When did comedy become the worst medicine?”
In the article, author Jason Zinoman highlighted increasing backlash to the growing role of comedy, including critics’ digging into comedians’ pasts and slamming their work.
Jones said targeting comedians is “just so dumb.”
“I’ve been doing comedy since 1986. If y’all go back, you’ll see so much inappropriate…stuff,” she said. “You can’t hold me accountable for what I did in 1987! I mean, I wasn’t smart!”
“I’m so happy social media wasn’t around in my 20s,” Jones said. “I would be the comeback kid. Y’all would be sitting here going, ‘Oh, she’s so respectable now!'”
She urged critics to let comedians do their job: making people laugh.
“We come out and we make this terrible situation laughable,” she said. “I mean, unless you want to cry for the rest of your life!”
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