What’s happening to Leslie Jones is not an isolated incident. It’s a brutal attack on a time she should be celebrating. She broke through. Her hard work is being acknowledged by more than the industry, but by the general public now. I love Leslie Jones. Now just because she’s going through hell now, but because I respect her work, and more importantly, because I know how she’ll respond.
These childish attacks are not new. It’s not just because she’s black. Oh, no. It’s also because she’s a woman. Black women have been trying to open the door to our struggles for ages, but maybe now that people will listen. It’s not enough to be a reminder of regret, of intimidation, of resentment--the black woman also the target of repressed energy from men across the board.
I’m so happy celebrities are calling this what it is. Leslie Jones starred in a retelling of a cult classic. Let’s be honest about why she’s being targeted from the entire cast of phenomenal and outspoken women: she not only happened to be a woman, but happened to be a black woman. So, it was ok to call her disgusting names--she can take it. It was ok to criticize her ability and talent--she’s used to that. And, it was definitely ok to expose her body--that’s all black women are good for, anyway.
Even with all of this negativity surrounded her, I know Leslie will rise. She will create. She will be unstoppable, and furthermore, she will not stoop to the level of those cowardly nerds who love to attack things that go against the grain. Let me break it to you: being a nerd with a valued opinion is going against the grain. Y’all need to grow up, and learn to accept an entertainment industry that is trying to embrace representation of the culture it reflects. Just because you “can” express your feelings, doesn’t mean you should. Especially if you’re a racist, sexist, idiot.
I love you Leslie. You are strong. That’s not the point. You shouldn’t have to be. You should be allowed to be vulnerable, and to be excited about your successful year. If it helps, you can always lean on me. In spirit, I follow you. I push a little harder. I believe on the behalf of black women in comedy, because you’re out there hustlin’, gettin’ it.
Take your time before you come back to public eye. We got you, Queen.
E.E. Wade is a highly ambitious writer with an extraordinary sense of life... Brilliance is evident in the way she intricately constructs her poetry and stories – striking and powerful. This is a work for the ages.