The sad reason Leslie Jones quit Twitter

Because racism. What else?

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 20 Jul 2016

Leslie quits Twitter
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It's the year 2016 and people still can't handle watching an awesome woman of colour on the big screen in a blockbuster film remake. Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones was forced to quit Twitter yesterday after racist trolls attacked her; many directed their criticism at her role in the new Paul Feig-directed film.

The actress's final tweet on her account was "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."

Hate tweets directed at Leslie made fun of her race and appearance; all of them were incredibly rude, mean and unnecessary.

While outing some of the haters by retweeting them, Leslie also reminded us of the obvious: that people in Hollywood, celebrities and actors, are still just people who have REAL feelings.

Leslie urged Twitter to have stricter guidelines and to monitor its users who spread racism, sexism and other negativity on the platform.

Leslie does not stand alone. Other fellow celebrities and actors as well as Paul and her fans have stood up for her via the hashtag #LoveforLeslieJ.

Don't you ever stop being you, Leslie.

Twitter has since responded to Leslie's complaints and released a statement to Buzzfeed: "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 realise we still have a lot of work in front of us before Twitter is where it should be on how we handle these issues."

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