“Ghostbusters” actress and comedian Leslie Jones is taking a break from Twitter after she was flooded with inappropriate, racist and demeaning tweets from various users on the social media site. While the film has received a slew of backlash, Jones never expected to be verbally attacked for just doing her job.
“I’ve never claim[ed] to be better or special,” she tweeted on July 18. “I just try to do my job as best as I can. Isn’t that any of us y’all. So yeah this hurts me! I’m more human and real than you f*****g think. I work my ass off. I’m not different than any of you who has a dream to do what they love.”
The actress retweeted the hurtful messages that she would receive and kept writing back to trolls who would harass her. At a certain point she became fed-up with trying to make a point and wrote that she was in a “personal hell” and “didn’t do anything to deserve this.”
She even called out Twitter for not taking more control of shutting down fake users’ accounts, “Twitter I understand you got free speech I get it. But there has to be some guidelines when you let [it] spread like that. You can see on the profiles that some of these people are crazy sick. It’s not enough to freeze [their] account. They should be reported.”
This prompted a response from the company’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, who tweeted that she should DM him.
Jones’ last tweet was her formally leaving the site by telling her fans, through tears, that the messages she was receiving were wrong. It’s unknown for how long she will be taking a break or if has left the social media platform for good.
Meanwhile, thousands more rallied behind her and showed their support by starting the hashtag #LoveforLeslieJ. “Ghostbusters” director, Paul Feig, even joined in and expressed his sadness over the issue, “Any personal attacks against her are attacks against us all.”
Constance Wu also tweeted in support, calling Jones, “gorgeous, amazing and talented.”
Below are more celebrities reactions and messages of support.