‘Ghostbusters’ Actress Leslie Jones Quits Twitter After Racist Tweets
Leslie Jones is in a “personal hell” every time she logs onto Twitter and now intends to suspend her account.
Jones’s account has been peppered with racist tweets and it has gotten overbearing for the “Ghostbusters” actress.
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.
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016
She added, “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 [expletive] I got today…wrong.”
The comedienne was bombarded with hateful and racist tweets after the July 15 release of the all-women remake of “Ghostbusters.” The movie starring Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Kristen Wiig grossed $46 million on opening weekend. Since, users on the social media platform have referred to Jones as an ape and used vile adjectives to describe the star.
Jones’s Hollywood peers have come to her defense, including model Chrissy Teigen. Teigen asked Twitter to take action to protect its users.
“The fake screen grabs of tweets she didn’t write are horrific. I’ve never seen ANYONE’S mentions this bad,” Teigen wrote. “I love you, @Twitter. I love you so much. But please get it together. Stand up for your users who deserve better.”
Teigen continued, “At the least, delete the account. ANYTHING to show you give a [expletive] would be nice. And please don’t come at me with the ‘it’s social media,’ ‘toughen up,’ ‘block them’ [expletive] — especially if you haven’t experienced it.”
Using the hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ, actress Jada Pinkett Smith tweeted: “Keep your head up and shine mama!”
“Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig also expressed support for his cast member. “Leslie Jones is one of the greatest people I know. Any personal attacks against her are attacks against us all. #LoveForLeslieJ,” Feig wrote.
In response to Feig and Jones, Monica Lewinsky tweeted, “hang in there, leslie [sic],” accompanied with a gif heart.