Leslie Jones Was Forced to Leave Twitter Due to Social Media Abuse
Social media is a dark place these days.
Leslie Jones has been forced to quit Twitter after she was bombarded with racist tweets.
The Ghostbusters actress found herself the target of many offensive and hurtful posts, which were mainly directed at the color of her skin.
The SNL cast member retweeted some of the messages, which included calling her an "ape," a "big lipped coon," and "the source of AIDS."
The 48-year-old responded to the hateful messages, saying, “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."
"I use (sic) to wonder why some celebs don't have Twitter accts now I know. You can't be nice and communicate with fans cause people crazy [sic]," she continued.
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
Though social media users told her to ignore the haters, the funny lady refused and instead asked Twitter to do something about the racist trolls.
"Twitter I understand you got free speech I get it. But there has to be some guidelines when you let spread like that.
“You can see on the ... Profiles that some of these people are crazy sick. It's not enough to freeze Acct. They should be reported [sic].”
Exposing I hope y'all go after them like they going after me pic.twitter.com/ojK5FdIA0HLeslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 18, 2016
The hate was all too much and Leslie was forced to leave Twitter.
Paul Feig — who directed Ghostbusters — showed support for the star on social media. “Leslie Jones is one of the greatest people I know," he wrote. "Any personal attacks against her are attacks against us all.”
He also encouraged people to tweet their support for her under the hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ."