‘Ghostbusters’ Star Leslie Jones Quits Twitter After Racist Trolls Unleash ‘Hell’
The black ‘Ghostbusters’ actress has faced a deluge of racist tweets since the new movie came out.
“I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart,” Jones tweeted Monday night. “All this cause I did a movie.You can hate the movie but the shit I got today...wrong.”
Jones has reposted a number of the hateful tweets, including the homophobic ones posted by an account identical to hers, in order to “expose” the people who wrote them. Some supportive Twitter users have advised Jones to stay above the fray, but she chose to take a different approach.
“Stop letting the ignorant people be the loud ones,” she tweeted on Monday. “Y'all I got more love than hate but they louder. F*** that be louder.”
Sadly, racism on Twitter is nothing new. One U.K.-based study found that a potentially racist tweet is sent about once every nine seconds.