Leslie Jones: 'You won't believe the evil of these racist tweets'
Leslie Jones feels like she's in a "personal hell" after being subjected to racist messages on Twitter.
The 48-year-old actress was most well known for her comedic career and time on U.S. show Saturday Night Live until she was cast as Patty Tolan in the reboot of 1984 classic Ghostbusters.
Upon the release of the new movie, however, Leslie has found herself bombarded with a slew of highly offensive, racist messages on her social networking profiles.
On Monday night (18Jul16), Leslie told fans that she was going to stop blocking those responsible for the tweets in a bid to unveil the "evil".
“You know I’m gonna stop blocking so y’all can go through my feed yourself and see the bs (bulls**t),” she tweeted. "You won’t believe the evil. It’s f**king scary."
After sharing some of the most disturbing messages she has received, Leslie told her followers that she's feeling "numb" by the amount of hate she is the victim of.
"You have to hate yourself to put out that type of hate," she wrote. "I mean on my worst day I can't think of this type of hate to put out.
"I don't know how to feel. I'm numb. Actually numb. I see the words and pics and videos. Videos y'all. Meaning people took time to spew hate."
Leslie added that while she used to wonder why some celebrities don't have Twitter accounts, she now fully understands. She also said that she's understandably hurt by the racist tweets because she's "more human and real than you f**king think."
"We still live in a world where we have to say 'black lives matter'," she continued. "I'm so tired of it. Why is this still a fight? I want to hate so bad but I can't because I know it doesn't fix anything and just make me sad.
"I'm not stupid to not know racism exists. And I know it will probably live on way after me. But we have to make people take responsibility, responsibility for the hate they spew. We have to stand up to it. block mfs (motherf***ers) but let them know they are racist and spewing hate."
Leslie continued to say that she is fed up with people telling her not to "stoop to their level", and is now taking a break from Twitter.
"Look at the hate I'm the f**k out of this bulls**t," she concluded. "I feel like I'm in a personal hell. I didn't do anything to deserve this. It's just too much. It shouldn't be like this. So hurt right now.
"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**t I got today...wrong."
Following Leslie's tweets, the hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ quickly began trending, with stars including Ghostbusters director Paul Feig and the movie's co-writer Katie Dippold among those tweeting their support for the actress.
Meanwhile, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also got involved in the situation after seeing the nature of some of the most offensive tweets, asking Leslie to direct message him.
- Cover Media