Ghostbusters Star Leslie Jones Was Bullied on Twitter due to Her Role!
Posted 2016/07/21 5896 0
Leslie Jones has become a victim of online bullying only because of her role in Ghostbusters!
Leslie Jones, one of the stars of the new Ghostbusters, left Twitter after repeated bullying from racist and mean-spirited posters. The tweets on her page, she said, made her life “a personal hell.”
Following a series of racist and offensive tweets, many of them criticizing her appearance, Jones, 48, took to Twitter on Monday to defend herself.
"Some people on here are f---ing disgusting. I'm blocking your filthy ass if retweet that perverted s---. Just know that now b----es!!," Jones wrote, adding in additional tweets, "Ok I have been called Apes, sent pics of their asses, even got a pic with semen on my face. I'm tryin to figure out what human means. I'm out."
Jones was spammed with comments comparing her to gorillas and apes, lewd images and apparently one picture where someone had photoshopped semen onto her face. A casual scroll through Jones' timeline, on which she called out and retweeted some of the vitriol, shows people calling her Harambe, the gorilla that was fatally shot after a child fell into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Her last tweet was filled with disappointment: "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--t I got today...wrong."
Actress Leslie Jones is being harassed by racist, sexist Internet trolls who apparently cannot handle seeing a black woman in a comedy film about ghosts. She stars in the Ghostbusters, an all-female reboot of the 1980s hit, staring Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon, which has been routinely attacked in recent months by male fans bolstered by what film critic A.O. Scott called “anti-feminist boy-tantrums.” More than 1 million of Youtube users "disliked" the first trailer of the film released in May. These users disagree with the idea of changing the male cast to female one.
On Monday night, Twitter released a statement.
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. We rely on people to report this type of behavior to us but we are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to prevent this kind of abuse. We realize we still have a lot of work in front of us before Twitter is where it should be on how we handle these issues.”
The hashtag #loveforLeslieJ has emerged in response, drawing people who are not flaming piles of excrement to express their concern and admiration for Jones. Jones, who, lest we forget, is a comedian and actress who simply appeared in a movie about ghosts.