#LoveForLeslieJ: Twitter Rallies Behind Leslie Jones After Actress Is Targeted by Racist Internet Trolls
The hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ began trending worldwide
Jones, 48, wrote that she was left in tears after she found herself the target of Twitter trolls, many of them criticizing her appearance. “I feel like I’m in a personal hell.”
“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 s— I got today wrong,” she posted to Twitter.
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.
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Ghostbusters director Paul Feig was one of the first stars to come to Jones’ defense, writing that “any personal attacks against her are attacks against us all.”
“Keep your head up and shine mama!” wrote Pinkett Smith.
After exposing a slew of trolls on Twitter, Jones said she now understands why certain celebs don’t have social media, frightened by the hate she’s received.
“You have to hate yourself to putout that type of hate. I mean on my worst day I can’t think of this type of hate to put out,” she tweeted. “I don’t know how to feel. I’m numb. I see the words and pics and videos. Videos y’all. Meaning people took time to spew hate.”