Leslie Jones Looks Back on Twitter Attack by Internet Trolls: 'I Felt Trapped'
Leslie Jones admits to feeling a sense of helplessness against the internet haters
Leslie Jones says she felt “trapped” the night she was attacked on Twitter with a slew of racist and offensive comments last month.
“I was in my apartment by myself, and I felt trapped,” Jones told Time.
Following the attack, Jones, 48, wrote that she was left in tears after she found herself the target of Twitter trolls, many of them criticizing her appearance. While the Ghostbusters actress called out many of her detractors on Twitter, she admitted to feeling a sense of helplessness against the internet haters.
“When you’re reading all these gay and racial slurs, it was like, I can’t fight y’all. I didn’t know what to do,” she said. “Do you call the police? Then they got my email, and they started sending me threats that they were going to cut off my head and stuff they do to ‘N words.’ It’s not done to express an opinion, it’s done to scare you.”
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It didn’t take long for thousands of supporters to rally behind the actress on the social media site, sending “#LoveForLeslieJ” messages that saw the hashtag trending worldwide. Following the incident, Twitter suspended the accounts of several users, including alt-right leader Milo Yiannopoulos. (He has denied being connected to the incident, Time reports.)
And while Jones briefly quit Twitter, she made her triumphant return to the social media site a few days later, writing that she couldn’t resist the urge to live-tweet Game of Thrones.
She later added in another Tweet, “Thanks for the love and support I received! made me feel real special See you later on @sethmeyers #LoveForLeslieJ.”