Leslie Jones is fairly new to fame, and she’s still figuring out how to navigate the negative aspects of stardom.
Before the recent attack of racist and offensive comments on Twitter that left Jones with “tears and a very sad heart,” the Ghostbusters star had spoken to PEOPLE about dealing with unwanted criticism from fans.
“I’m still learning how to deal with that,” Jones, 48, said exclusively in a earlier interview. “A lot of people say ignore it, those people don’t matter, but you can’t say people don’t matter – people do matter.”
The actress and Saturday Night Live star thinks that people say things online that they would never say to someone’s face.
“I honestly believe that people sit behind their computers and just get really brave. I get real brave when I text people. When I text people, I am so brave because it’s words, but you can’t say stuff,” Jones explains. “When people are behind a computer, it’s really easy to be brave and give a stupid ass opinion.”
Jones continues to say that critics on social media have no filter on the hurtful words they’re spreading.
“I mean, how many times have you thought something and you go, ‘You can’t say that, that doesn’t even make sense. Now you’re being a d—,’ ” she says. “But some of those people don’t have that sensor. Some people go ahead and say it.”
Jones was the target of hateful comments on Twitter, many of which criticized her appearance.
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It didn’t take long for hordes of supporters to rally behind the actress on the social media site, sending #LoveForLeslieJ messages that saw the hashtag trending worldwide.
Ghostbusters director Paul Feig was one of the first stars to come to Jones’ defense, and he was quickly joined by fellow Hollywood players such as Anna Kendrick, Jada Pinkett Smith, Judd Apatow and Margaret Cho.