Leslie Jones Gives First Interview After Twitter Scandal: 'I'm Not Going Away'
By Rachel McRady
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.