Leslie Jones’ Olympics live post is allegedly blocked

For several years, Leslie JonesThe ‘passionate commentary on the Olympics — in which she records while watching various Olympic events on her TV — is as much a highlight of the Games as the feats of the athletes themselves. However, just days away from the 2022 Winter Olympics, Jones has indicated that this could be her last Olympics live post because of the opposition and restrictions she received from NBC. about it.

In her first post, she didn’t mention NBC – which broadcasts the Olympics in the US – by name. But in a post shared on Twitter and Instagram, Jones said she’s “tired of people who don’t want me to do it” and that her video is being blocked.

“I’m starting to feel like this will be the last Olympics that I’ll directly tweet. I know, another fucking celebrity. But I’m tired of fighting people who don’t want me to. They block my videos and they get people who think they can do it like me. And I’m tired of fighting them. I love athletes and they love me doing it. And I know you all love it but it’s too hard right now. And no one fights for or with me. So I guess I’ll leave it to the experts. But thank you for all the love. #uptoyallnow”

More than a dozen videos featuring Jones’ commentary — many including a team figure skating competition that took place in the past few days — are still playing. Instagram. It’s unclear how many videos have been taken down or if any copyright claims have stuck, as the videos (which feature Jones’ audio commentary along with NBC footage) are used legally. In another post, Jones directed her fans to ask NBC Sports (which she refers to by its handle) why it was trying to stop her from making videos.

“I’ve been watching the olympics since I could walk lol,” Jones wrote in the caption of a video of figure skater Karen Chen performing her free skating routine. “Me and my dad. So this is from my heart. You should ask @NBCSports Why can’t they see that? And thought they could replace me with anyone. Again not saying I’m the first just saying it’s very frustrating. “

On Twitter, when asked what people can do to support her, Jones replied that NBC was responsible for the protest, tweets, “It’s NBC.” Jones also denied it troll behind the move to block or delete her videos. (Jones before receive racist trouble and abuse for her role in 2016 Ghostbusters movie; Her website is also hacked.)

The Daily Dot has reached out to NBC Sports for comment.

People met Jones’ announcement with shock and outrage at NBC as some pointed out that her tweets were the only reason they even knew the Olympics were happening. Others eagerly looked forward to her live tweeting each time the Olympics got on, with Jones retweeting many of the people who had shown their support.

Jones’ commenting style has been a mainstay for years: She has segment repeats on Late Night with Seth Meyers where she and Meyers would watch an episode of Game of Thrones together as Jones comments on whatever’s going on. But her commentary style – which Jones admits she did not invent – ​​went viral during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Jones, who served as an NBC employee as Saturday night live member at the time, was honor for her Olympics tweets, mixing humor with pure enthusiasm. NBC loves it too, going so far as to invite Jones to Riowhere she delivers her commentary straight to our athletes and TV screens.

She left SNL in 2019. During the Summer Olympics in Tokyo last year, Peacock (NBCUniveral’s streaming service) broadcast it. Olympic Highlights with Kevin Hart and Snoop Doggprovides a comment style similar to Jones’.

Jones said the reason she made the video was to show her appreciation for the athletes, even as some voiced that no one cared about the Olympics anymore. And it’s not just people watching at home who love the video, but so do athletes.

“When I first started doing this in Rio, I did this because people told me nobody watches the Olympics and I said, ‘Are you crazy? “Jones said in the video starring Chen. “These are athletes, this is everyone who comes together no matter what is going on and competes in games. These athletes went to great lengths to capture this moment. So for us, as a country, to not support them, I think that is completely stupid… You need to understand that when I do this, my spirit is completely in it. I feel it, I love these people.”

*First published: February 7, 2022, 4:41 p.m. CST

Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski is a writer and film/TV critic at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has covered everything from the Sundance Film Festival, NYFF, and Tribeca to New York Comic Con and Con of Thrones. She is based in Brooklyn.

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