Leslie Jones ain’t afraid of no Twitter trolls.
The “Ghostbusters” star fought back against people who sent her racist and hateful comments Monday by filling her Twitter timeline with screenshots of their remarks – and then let shame rain down on them.
“You know I’m gonna stop blocking so y’all can go through my feed yourself and see the bs,” Jones tweeted. “You won’t believe the evil. It’s f****** scary.”
One troll compared her to an ape. Jones wrote, “I just don’t understand.”
The response from decent people of Twitter was swift, as users flooded Jones with well wishes and compliments, using #LoveForLeslieJ.
“Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig tweeted, “attacks against her are attacks against us all.”
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey entered the conversation, asking Jones to direct message him. “@Lesdoggg Hi Leslie, following, please DM me when you have a moment,” Dorsey tweeted.
The back and forth appeared to take a toll on Jones.
“I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart,” she tweeted late Monday. “All this cause I did a movie. You can hate the movie but the s*** got today…wrong”
It wasn’t clear if Jones had actually quit Twitter or was just taking a break. She hasn’t tweeted since.
Jones is far from the first celebrity to put a spotlight on social media bullying or threaten to give up on social media. Many are pushed off of Twitter after getting heat for their own controversial comments. Of course, Jones’ only offense was being a black woman in a hit film that earned $46 million at the box office on its opening weekend.
“I feel like I’m in a personal hell,” Jones tweeted. “I didn’t do anything to deserve this. It’s just too much. It shouldn’t be like this. So hurt right now.”