Leslie Jones is standing up for her fellow comedians, stressing that they shouldn’t be judged for jokes they’ve made in the past.
While appearing on “The View”, co-host Joy Behar asked the “SNL” star whether she thinks comics should be “held accountable” for jokes they made back in the day,
“I been doing comedy since 1986. You look back, y’all gonna see so much inappropriate…you can’t hold me accountable for what I said in 1987. I wasn’t smart,” Jones exclaimed. “I’m so happy social media wasn’t happening in my 20s. I would be the comeback kid. You all would be saying, ‘Ooo, she’s so respectable now!
“Stop holding comedians to this standard. Stop doing that! Our job is to make the ugliest stuff funny. That’s our job. We are court jesters, we are clowns. That’s what we do. We come out and make this terrible situation laughable. Unless you want to cry for the rest of your life — you want to cry? We can cry if you want to.”
The 50-year-old “Ghostbusters” star stated that she wants to be able to bring laughter and joy to her fans and that the only way to achieve that is to let comedians do their job.
“People love me so much because I have an energy of happiness. I want everybody to laugh and the best way to conquer pain is laughter. It’s the best way,” Jones said. “So let comedians do their jobs, you’re not letting comedians do their job and you’re miserable! You’re miserable!
“Stop walking around so offended, you’re not gonna be able to survive life if you walk around offended,” she added. “LAUGH! LAUGH! LAUGH!”
Jones’ comments come shortly after “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn and “Rick & Morty” creator Dan Harmon both came under fire after old, controversial tweets resurfaced online.