Even following this past weekend's modest success for the new Ghostbusters remake, one of its main stars can't quite catch a break on social media. And this has left Leslie Jones in tears. Because of non-stop bullying, the actress and comedian has decided to leave Twitter. This comes as she should be celebrating the success of her first leading role in a major motion picture.
Making a new Ghostbusters movie has not been an easy task for Sony Pictures. The movie has been a hot been of controversy ever since it was first announced. Fans didn't like the idea of a remake, many hated the fact that it would now have an all-female cast, and the trailer very famously became the most hated in Youtube history. But the movie arrived in theaters last weekend to good reviews, wining a 73% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It failed to come in #1 at the box office, losing out to The Secret Life of Pets in its second weekend. But it did pull in a respectable $46 million so far, with another $18.1 million overseas for a worldwide total of $64.1 million its first weekend of release. This was enough for Sony to declare that a sequel is definitely on the way.
That should be great news for Leslie Jones, who officially has her own big blockbuster franchise. But instead, she has had to exit one of her favorite social media sites because of non-stop bullying, which includes racist comments and very mean-spirited name calling. About all the tweets tied to her personal account pointing hate in her direction, she claims social media has suddenly made her life 'a personal hell'.
Fans and other celebrities have rallied around Leslie Jones, who started as a popular stand-up comedian before becoming a writer on SNL, eventually transitioning into an official Not Ready for Prime Time player. The hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ has started to spread amidst hate-filled tweets that attacked Jones on everything from her race, her deceased brother, and the dark color of her skin. Some cruel posters have even constantly used a picture of an Ape to represent the actress. Leslie Jones final tweet reads as such.
"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."
Ghostbusters writer/director Paul Feig and Sony Pictures were able to convince Twitter to suspend some of the accounts behind a few of the more excruciatingly hate-filled comments. Others, such as Judd Apatow, Anna Kendrick, Margaret Cho and Jada Pinkett Smith have rallied in support of Jones, but that did nothing to stop the cruel posts from continuing. Feig declared this.
"Any personal attacks against us are attacks against us all."
Leslie Jones had 197K followers on Twitter prior to bailing on the social media platform. She now has 203K, with the number continuing to climb. Along with the hate filled comments, someone was able to post a hate-filled message that looked like it came directly from Leslie Jones' account. The fraudulent post was soon re-tweeted with others wrongfully attacking Jones, which she later commented on. Amy Poelher had this to say about the whole incident on Imgrum.
"Hey everyone, I am absolutely disgusted and sad. What happened to Leslie Jones last night on twitter was horrible, racist, ugly, so hurtful and not acceptable. I can't even put it to words. She is so amazing, talented and god damn beautiful! She worked so hard to get where she is now. She doesn't deserve all the fucking racist comments and hate she received (No one fucking does). This is horrendous. Please show some love for @lesdogggg on here and on twitter!! Because that's what she does deserve: love and support. Leslie, I admire your strength and talent as do many others! - - #LeslieJones #Loveforlesliej #ghostbusters #snl"
Leslie Jones' Twitter account is still up, but not active at the moment. The actress was also at the center of controversy when the first Ghostbusters trailer arrived, with people calling her character a racial stereotype because she was a subway toll worker and not a scientist. The actress was very vocal at the time, and stood up for her character and the decisions made by director Paul Feig. It does not appear that Leslie Jones will return to social media anytime soon. But she could always change her mind. Here are some of the tweets she left behind.