The sad reason Leslie Jones quit Twitter
Because racism. What else?
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."
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
Hate tweets directed at Leslie made fun of her race and appearance; all of them were incredibly rude, mean and unnecessary.
I just don't understand pic.twitter.com/N9xWoXPttu— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 18, 2016
Exposing pic.twitter.com/jfSbGj3yCP— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 18, 2016
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.
As much as you want to thinks actors ain't human I want to give you something to think about. I work off pure passion for this game.— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016
I'm more human and real than you fucking think.I work my ass off. I'm not different than any of you who has a dream to do what they love.— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016
I've never claim to be better or special. I just try to do my job as best as I can. Isn't that any of us yall. So Yea this hurts me!— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016
Leslie urged Twitter to have stricter guidelines and to monitor its users who spread racism, sexism and other negativity on the platform.
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
Profiles that some of these people are crazy sick. It's not enough to freeze Acct. They should be reported.— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016
And for all the "don't stoop to their level people" it's way past that. So please have a seat. Don't tell me how to react.— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016
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
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.
.@Lesdoggg is hilarious and strong and beautiful and she will be back with a vengeance I can't wait for you to see what she is capable of— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) July 19, 2016
#LoveforLeslieJ All Day ❤️❤️❤️— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) July 19, 2016
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."