One of the stars of the new ‘Ghostbusters’ film, Leslie Jones, has been bombarded with racial comments on Twitter for her part in the new movie. Jones shared some of the abuse she received on her account Monday evening, which ranged from blaming her for Aids to comparing her to a gorilla. The Ghostbusters trailer became the most ‘disliked’ video in YouTube history following an online campaign which has given the video more than 950,000 ‘thumbs down’ so far.
@Lesdoggg: “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.”
She started reporting the racist comments and highlighted that people should not misuse free speech on social media.
@Lesdoggg: “Twitter I understand you got free speech I get it. But there has to be some guidelines when you let spread like that.”
In response, late Monday night, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reached out to Jones:
@jack: “@Lesdoggg Hi Leslie, following, please DM me when you have a moment” Supporters started a hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ
@queerincorn: “@Lesdoggg is easily one of my favorite comedians ever. Brilliant. I can’t believe someone so talented could be so mistreated #LoveForLeslieJ” @ChuckRadBronson: “Doodling and sending much love to this radical girl. Stay strong @Lesdoggg #loveforlesliej” Trolls tried to tear down the comedic star, but fans also responded on Facebook
Mari Gomez: “To think... this is the world we live in... So hateful. I don’t even know what to say ߘ? Leslie Jones you are awesome... I pray you overcome this. I’m sorry you had to go through this. This should NEVER happen to anyone. I loved you in the movie Ghostbusters. You were awesome. Shahidul Islam: “Words have power. If you don’t having something good to say then say nothing at all.”
Darlie Brewster: “And just so you know,I LOVE LESLIE JONES! I cheered when she made full cast member. She is my favorite player on SNL. That Milo the talentless creep attacked her is beyond belief.”
Keith Gillespie: “Leslie Jones, the black woman that’s playing in the new ghost busters movie, is being bullyed by people on twitter to the point her heart is broken by these verbal attacks against her. To Leslie Jones, whole you head up high and brush those haters off your shoulder. You’re beautiful, and your going places.” Paula Meeks Taylor: “People are so jealous, hateful and evil. I know it hurts Leslie but girl keep praying and we are all praying with you. Hold your head high and laugh all the way to the bank!”
- Compiled by Evangeline Elsa/ Community Solutions Editor
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