#StandWithLeslie! Katy Perry, Ellen DeGeneres and More Show Support for Leslie Jones After Hack

After her personal website was hacked, the stars came to Leslie Jones's defense

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Leslie Jones is a stand-up comedian. But on Wednesday, the stars stood up for her.

Katy Perry, Ellen_Degeneres, Lena Dunham and Gabourey Sidibe are just a few of the celebrities who publicly sent their love and support for the 48-year-old Saturday Night Live star, whose personal website was hacked earlier in the day to show explicit photos and personal information.

In addition to violating Jones’ privacy, the hackers also posted a picture of a gorilla on her site.

The website was quickly taken down.

In the chorus of praise for Jones was a battle cry against the racial implications of the attack. “Do not give your eyeballs to this racist, hate-filled misogynoir crime,” wrote Perry.

“No one deserves this–least of all someone who brings us so much joy. I’m with you,” presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton wrote.

“These acts against Leslie Jones are sickening,” said Roots frontman Questlove. “It’s racist, sexist – it’s disgusting. This is a hate crime. This ain’t kids joshing around.”

Her Ghostbusters director Paul Feig also came to her side, saying, “What’s happening to [Jones] is an absolute outrage. Haters, trolls, ‘comedians,’ whoever the f— you all are – you’re just sad.”

Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, Broad City star Ilana Glazer, and Holly Robinson-Peete were also among those who pointed out the racial implications of the hack.

“If 101 percent of pop culture catered to white nerds instead of only 98.1 percent, then the cyber attacks like the one on Leslie Jones wouldn’t happen,” Patton Oswalt added.

Others, like Oscar winner Patricia Arquette and Project Runway All Stars host Alyssa Milano, warned users not to share the stolen intimate shots on the Internet.

Kathy Griffin suggested some new photos to share.

DeGeneres, Anna Kendrick, Dunham, Sara Bareilles and others simply just lent Jones words of encouragement.

“You are beautiful and talented and bring laughter into a world that desperately needs it,” DeGeneres wrote. “You are also my friend and I support you.”

Today show anchor Tamron Hall became emotional as she spoke about the recent attacks on Jones.

“Last night, I did cry. It really hit me in a bad spot. Listen, people write dumb stuff everyday … but this is racist, this is sexist. It’s abusive,” she said on Thursday.

She added: “The idea of just a pack of people … it takes one wolf and then a bunch of sheep. And they follow, and they attack you.”

Even New York City mayor Bill de Blasio got in on the action, saying “cowards who hide behind keyboards to attack the brilliant and talented Leslie Jones diminish themselves.”

Perhaps the biggest question of all came from Sidibe.

“I truly don’t know why people are so hateful towards her,” she wrote. “Why? She’s talented and wonderful. Why are people so pressed to be awful?”

Dunham, meanwhile, offered advice on how to best move forward.

“Let’s turn our anger at trolls into love for Leslie Jones and into strategies to protect all the heroines who don’t deserve this b——-,” she suggested.

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This is the second time the Jones has found herself under attack on the Internet. Just last month, Jones found herself the target of a series of racist and offensive tweets which caused her to temporarily leave Twitter.

Previously, she spoke openly about her childhood insecurities to PEOPLE, saying she struggled with her height and skin color.

“People used to call me names so my mom had this beautiful African lady come talk to me. I was like, ‘Oh my God if I’m going to look like you then I don’t care what anyone says about me,’ ” Jones said.

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