Leslie Jones Claps Back at Racist Twitter Trolls Following 'Ghostbusters' Opening Weekend: 'Some People on Her
By Emily Krauser
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Whether you liked the new Ghostbusters or not (and you should have enjoyed it, it's quite good), the one thing we can agree on is that Leslie Jones has been the victim of some disgustingly hateful tweets since the movie was released on Friday.
Trolls have been blowing up the 48-year-old comedian's Twitter feed with racist, vile messages. Jones is not a lady you mess with, however. On Monday, she let the public know just how horrific the online harassment has been. (Warning: Many of the tweets below are NSFW and plenty more are simply offensive.)
"Some people on here are f**king disgusting," she tweeted. "I'm blocking your filthy a** if retweet that perverted sh*t. Just know that now bitches!!"
Sadly that was just the beginning, as a few hours later the Saturday Night Live star tweeted, "Ok I have been called Apes, sent pics of their a**es, even got a pic with semen on my face. I'm tryin to figure out what human means. I'm out."
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
She then clapped back with her own comments as well as retweets from a ton of her supporters, many of whom are extremely angry at the people hiding their hate behind anonymous avatars.
In response to one awful poem (and by awful we mean it was middle school-level bad) in particular, Jones responded, "Yep so sad these people have mothers and sisters and aunts. So f**king sickening."
Jones initially blocked all the haters, but sadly, there were way too many, so she decided to "expose" them instead, sharing screengrabs and retweets with her 122,000 followers. "You know I'm gonna stop blocking so y'all can go through my feed yourself and see the bs," she tweeted. "You won't believe the evil. It's f**king scary."
Many of her tweets have been simple responses to cruel images. Not only did she admit to being "scare[d] for our future," she also wrote "So sad" in response to a photo of a gorilla, "Reported" alongside an image of a Donkey Kong character, and "I just don't understand," atop a racist movie poster.
One fan specifically called out Twitter's Support channel for not helping Jones, writing, "The vile racist sh*t being thrown at @Lesdoggg rn is making me wanna set sh*t on fire. Why is @twitter @Support not doing their job?!"
The actress also had some big name support, including Ghostbusters director Paul Feig. "Leslie Jones is one of the greatest people I know," he wrote. "Any personal attacks against her are attacks against us all."
Leslie Jones is one of the greatest people I know. Any personal attacks against her are attacks against us all. #LoveForLeslieJ@Lesdoggg
Sadly, this is far from the first time Jones has faced harsh public scrutiny. In March, she had to defend her Ghostbusters character after people, ironically, thought she was being portrayed in a racist light after the reboot'strailer was released. Then last month, she called out designers who refused to dress her for the film's premiere.