Although Ghostbusters pulled in $46 million at the box office this weekend, star Leslie Jones is having a hard time celebrating. Jones has been forced to leave Twitter in "tears" after getting barraged with racist tweets.
She shared the awful things sent to her before she left the platform. On Tuesday, celebs like Chrissy Teigen, Margaret Cho and Ghostbusters director Paul Feig are showing support for the actor.
"It's like when you think 'ok I've proven I'm worthy' then you get hit with a shovel of hated," Jones wrote. "I'm numb...I'm not stupid to not know racism exists. And I know it will probably live on way after me. But we have to make people take responsibility...for the hate they sprew. We have to stand up to it."
She screenshot all the terrible words sent her way:
Exposing I hope y'all go after them like they going after me pic.twitter.com/ojK5FdIA0H— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 18, 2016
Someone even went far enough to make fake tweets using Jones' name, spilling hatred and pretending it was the SNL comedian.
Please help me find this fake Acct posting the most awful shit in my name. Help! pic.twitter.com/lp4RzVLb6f— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016
"I use to wonder why some celebs don't have Twitter now I know," she said. "You can't be nice and communicate with fans cause people crazy."
And then she went after Twitter, saying they should block accounts that use hate speech: "Twitter I understand you got free speech I get it. But there has to be some guidelines when you let (hate) spread like that...It's not enough to freeze Acct. They should be reported."
Finally, she left:
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 shit I got today...wrong— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016
Chrissy Teigen echoed her sentiments about Twitter's policy, demanding the company change:
I love you, @Twitter. I love you so much. But please get it together. Stand up for your users who deserve better.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 19, 2016
maybe I'll quit everything, move up to San Fran and sit at Twitter HQ & do it myself. But who will be an idiot on lip sync battle if not me— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 19, 2016
People have been spread the love toward Jones on Twitter, hoping it'll overcome the hate. Fellow comedian Cho is one of them:
And Feig weighed as well:
You did nothing to deserve this. The Internet is filled with good people but there a few pieces of shit out there. https://t.co/PbCA0czBGd— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) July 19, 2016
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