This week, Leslie Jones left Twitter after she was flooded with racist and hateful tweets from users after the release of the “Ghostbusters” reboot. As much as she tried to standup for herself, the hurtful messages were too much and left her feeling like she was in a “personal hell.” Original “Ghostbuster” and producer of the female-led flick Dan Aykroyd called out those Internet trolls and stood up for Jones.
“Well first of all she’s a great writer, great comedian and comes from a real urban background where she had a lot of hardship and she’s channelling that into a great achievement and a great career,” he said in an interview with ET Canada.
He continued by describing the type of people that he thought these insulters were. “These people, first of all, they’re insignificant gnats. They’re losers, they have no lives of their own, they can probably barely pay for the wifi they’re using. I would say you’re looking at obese white men between 50 and 60 who are active Klan members, or members of the Aryan Nation, and there are millions of them,”
Things turned political when Aykroyd stated that these white racists who would attack someone online would be supporting Republicans based on what they’ve heard from politicians lately. “I’m afraid to say that contingency will be voting for the Republican ticket. Pretty much that’s what the statistics are indicating, that there’s a lot of white racist hatred out there that’s going to channel into a support for the Republican ticket, maybe in the false belief that these people share their views.”
He added that he doesn’t think Donald Trump or vice presidential running mate Mike Pence would support those ideas, “I don’t think that Trump and Pence are as racist as the people who attacked Leslie Jones, I really don’t. Trump may be saying some things to go that way to get some votes but — well I don’t know.”
Aykroyd isn’t the only celebrity who has spoken in defense of Jones. Angela Bassett, Brie Larson and Constance Wu, among others, have expressed their love for her online. “Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig also tweeted, “Leslie Jones is one of the greatest people I know. Any personal attacks against her are attacks against us all.”