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Leslie Jones: “The Day That I Saw Whoopi Goldberg on Television, I Cried So Hard.”

Leslie Jones has been doing promotion for “Ghostbusters”, which premiered earlier this week (July 15, 2016). She stopped by The View to discuss the film and had a heartfelt moment with Whoopi Goldberg.

 

According to Jones, seeing Whoopi Goldberg on television as a child inspired her:

“When I was young, my dad always let me listen to comedy albums…I always knew about comedy, I always loved comedy,” she recalled. “The day that I saw Whoopi Goldberg on television, I cried so hard, because I kept looking at my daddy going, ‘Oh my God. There’s somebody on TV that looks like me! She looks like me! Yay! I can be on TV! I can be on TV! I can do it! Look at her look at her! she looks just like me.” – Leslie Jones, The View

 

She also spoke about the power of visualization, which basically states that seeing is believing! Representation is the first step to unlocking a child’s potential — when they do not see people that they can relate to in the media, it’s likely that they won’t believe that it is possible. Jones said that when her dad recorded “Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway” 1985” she “literally watched it every day after school.”

 

Jones understands the importance of representation and expressed her appreciation for Whoopi:

 

“I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart…because now I know what I’m doing that when I put on that Ghostbusters suit, and little girls see me on TV now, now they’re gonna go, I can do it. You gave that to me, and I love you…and I love you for what you’ve done for black women, I love you for what you’ve done for black comedians, and I love you.”

 

Check out the clip below!

 

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Featured Image Credit: Leslie Jones (Instagram) & The View

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