I Ain't Afraid of No Trolls: 'Ghostbusters' Star Leslie Jones Says She's the Target of Racist Slime on Twitter
Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones has quit Twitter after she became the target of racist trolls on social media.
Her final tweet on Monday night read: "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 s*** I got today...wrong."
She also added:
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
She also said someone was posting under a fake account that made homophobic remarks to other users.
The actress begged: "Please help me find this fake Acct posting the most awful s*** in my name. Help!"
Adding: "Stop letting the ignorant people be the loud ones. Y'all I got more love than hate but they louder. F*** that be louder."
Jones also blasted Twitter's policy for how easy it is or something like this to happen.
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— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016
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— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016
One of Twitter’s founders, Jack Dorsey, personally reached out to the actress to help resolve the issue, however, she has since left the microblogging site.
On Tuesday, Twitter said in a statement obtained by the New York Times: “This type of abusive behavior is not permitted on Twitter, and we’ve taken action on many of the accounts reported to us by both Leslie and others.
“We rely on people to report this type of behavior to us, but we are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to prevent this kind of abuse. We realize we still have a lot of work in front of us before Twitter is where it should be on how we handle these issues.”
Jones should have reason to celebrate as Sony, the studio behind the film, has greenlit a sequel with the all-female cast.