Leslie Jones Gives First Interview Since Racist Twitter Trolls Brought Her to Tears: 'I'm Used to the Insults'
"They really believe in what they believe in and it's so mean!" Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones told Seth Meyers
Leslie Jones has proven she’s adept at battling ghosts – and Twitter trolls.
A few days after exposing several users who were attacking her on the site, the Ghostbusters star went on Late Night with Seth Meyers and told the host the jabs were a sad, incessant reality for her.”
“The insults didn’t hurt me. Unfortunately, I’m used to the insults,” Jones, 48, told her former Saturday Night Live costar.
What did scare her, however, was “the injustice of a gang of people jumping against you for such a sick cause.”
Jones and the rest of the Ghostbusters cast have been the target of backlash ever since it was announced that the popular movie was getting an all-female cast. Specifically, Jones contended with Twitter users who often resorted to racist remarks.
“They really believe in what they believe in and it’s so mean!” the comedian said about the users who banded together to attack her on the social media site.
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After pleading with the company to do something about the users and suspend the accounts, Jones finally heard back from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who worked with her to get the users removed.
“It was one of those things of, ‘If I didn’t say anything, nobody would have ever knew about this,’ ” Jones said about deciding to bring light to the attacks. “We got a whole bunch of accounts taken off of Twitter because it’s not right.”
Meyers, who told Jones he was “very proud of her” for the way she handled the situation, also played a video compilation of fans sending Jones their love and support.
The hashtag “LoveForLeslieJ” also trended for a few hours the day after people initially believed Jones left Twitter over the attacks.
“I didn’t leave, I just signed out,” Jones clarified about her cryptic tweet that said she was leaving Twitter “with tears and a very sad heart.”
The comedian then triumphantly returned the next day, making a joke about how she was the only one who could live-tweet Game of Thrones – something she’s known for on the site.
And Jones had just one thing to say to people who felt that getting the accounts suspended was infringing on First Amendment rights.
“Hey, hate speech and freedom of speech – two different things,” Jones said.