Outrage as GHOSTBUSTERS’ Leslie Jones leaves Twitter over racist abuse
Leslie Jones is an American comedian and actress who was born in Memphis, Tennessee. She is also a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Jones has been a featured performer at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal as well as the Aspen Comedy Festival and was recently featured on ELLE US July issue.
Many were shocked and appalled when Leslie Jones, star of the recent blockbuster Ghostbusters movie started retweeting some of the racist and misogynistic abuse she had been receiving from User-YellowArmedImposter. He wrote, “Your Ghostbusters isn’t the first to have an ape in it,” which Jones shared with the comment: “I just don’t understand.”
On Tuesday 19th July 2016, Twitter banned conservative writer and self-described provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos from its platform, a day after he was accused of leading an online hate campaign against actress Leslie Jones.
Leslie Jones made a comment on Twitter which said “I used to wonder why some celebs don’t have Twitter accounts, now I know”. In a separate post, she added: “Twitter I understand you got free speech I get it. But there has to be some guidelines when you let spread like that.”
Leslie jones wrote on Twitter before she left “I feel like I’m in personal hell. I didn’t do anything to deserve this. Its just too much. It shouldn’t be like this. So hurt right now”. “I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heard. All this cause I did a movie. You can hate the movie but the shit I got today…..wrong”
Popular celebrity Beth Ditto who has also been a victim of body shaming in the past commented on Leslie Jones Twitter comment “I wanna tell this person how incredible she is. And show her we got your back! People are full of hate. What words can I say at least a small amount to see that there are people who see the racist, sexist terrified piece of shit world you are being subjected to so head on right now! ***k them!
Now that Twitter has suspended Yiannopoulos, his tweets are no longer accessible. But they live on in the hearts of many.