‘Ghostbusters’ Star Leslie Jones Takes on Racist Twitter Trolls
Leslie Jones, star of the new “Ghostbusters,” is taking on racist trolls on her Twitter feed.
The movie, which was released this weekend, has been the target of attacks for its all-female leads. But Jones, 48, in particular, has been bombarded with racist and misogynist comments. On Monday, she fought back on Twitter.
Jones said she had been likened to “apes” and sent obscene photos, and noted that she was blocking the abusive Twitter users.
But then she changed her mind, saying she was going to stop blocking the trolls so her fans “can go through my feed yourself and see the bs. You won’t believe the evil.”
“Exposing I hope y’all go after them like they going after me,” she tweeted before posting some of the worst offenders, including what appeared to be a fake Twitter account by someone posing as Jones and posting racist and sexist tweets.
“I’m not stupid to not know racism exists,” Jones wrote. “And I know it will probably live on way after me. But we have to make people take responsibility for the hate they spew. We have to stand up to it.”
She also called on Twitter to do something, to which the social media site responded, “This type of abusive behavior is not permitted on Twitter, and we’ve taken action on many of the accounts reported to us by both Leslie and others.”
Many of her followers and some of her famous friends, including Judd Apatow, “Star Wars” star John Boyega, comedian Loni Love and “Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig, did come to her defense.
Note: Some of the links below may contain offensive language.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) July 18, 2016
We love you Leslie Jones. The people who behave like that have to live with themselves. And that must be painful. https://t.co/kn1arGgkhe
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) July 19, 2016
— Loni Love (@LoniLove) July 19, 2016
Hours later, Jones signed off from Twitter with a heavy heart.
“I feel like I’m in a personal hell. I didn’t do anything to deserve this. It’s just too much. It shouldn’t be like this. So hurt right now,” she wrote. “I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart. All this cause I did a movie. You can hate the movie but the s— I got today…wrong”