Leslie Jones ain’t afraid of no trolls! The Ghostbusters
actress had her first talk show interview since her recent Twitter scandal
on Thursday night, visiting her former Saturday Night Live
co-star on Late Night With Seth Meyers
The SNL star got candid about her recent painful experience on social media, in which racist online trolls compared her to a gorilla and used hateful speech when addressing the comedian and slamming her all-female reboot of the iconic supernatural comedy.
“Unfortunately I'm used to the insults. That's unfortunate,” she told Meyers. “But what scared me was the injustice of a gang of people jumping against you for such a sick cause… Like it's so gross and mean and unnecessary. So it was just like one of those things of, like, ‘Okay, so if I hadn't said anything nobody would have ever knew about this.’”
Jones made the decision to speak out both online and directly with the CEO of Twitter. A longtime Twitter addict, the comedian insisted she still planned to use the site and never officially “quit.”
“It’s like, that's my favorite restaurant. I love the food there. Three people just got shot in front of me. Y’all need to get some security,” she said.
She also had a message for those followers who claimed that by silencing certain accounts, she was violating those users’ rights to free speech.
“Hey, hate speech and freedom of speech, two different things,” she said.
Meyers played the funny woman a sweet montage of submitted clips of fans cheering her on after this latest incident.
“It makes you go, ‘Ah man, you know, I'm not going away,’” Jones said after seeing the videos.