Leslie Jones, we’ve got your back!
It’s time to rally around the actress and comedian as she experiences more vicious racist attacks
Social media, comment sections and websites have all proven that racism hasn’t gone anywhere, despite what some would like to think. They have given guts to the gutless and courage to the cowardly. Internet trolls can now spew hate with a keystroke and then hide. It’s simple. It’s like freedom of speech on steroids. It’s a culture that allows truth and hate to coexist.
The actress and comedian Leslie Jones has been on the receiving end of racism in the past month. She recently starred in the all-female version of the 1980s film Ghostbusters, and she is the witty, real and relatable star on Saturday Night Live. Her first attack came via Twitter and soon afterward she decided to quit social media for a few days. She returned and was so fierce that she live-tweeted the 2016 Summer Games, which turned into a new gig when NBC invited her to Rio de Janeiro to keep the party going. Then on Wednesday, her website was shut down because it was hacked. It was filled with racist images and stolen photos.
Racism is not new, but it’s happening in new and different ways. Hateful people have a huge platform to spew their racist hate, and they have no remorse.
What is the answer? Right now, it is to show Jones love.
Today, we salute you. We salute you for living your life and showing us your talents. We appreciate your humor and we thank you for sharing your life with us. Today, we rally around you.
— 102.7 KIIS-FM (@1027KIISFM) August 25, 2016
these acts against leslie jones….are sickening. its racist & sexist. it's disgusting. this is hate crimes. this aint "kids joshing round"
— T'Questlove (@questlove) August 24, 2016
I truly don't know why people are so hateful towards @Lesdoggg. Why? She's talented and wonderful. Why are people so pressed to be awful?
— Gabby Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) August 24, 2016
This @Lesdoggg attack is troubling. The rampant racism percolating in society right now is shameful and sad. She made a movie, that's it!
— octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) August 24, 2016
— Chirlane McCray (@NYCFirstLady) August 24, 2016
I honestly don't understand why there is so much hate on a person who puts so much love and positivity back into the world #Istandwithleslie
— Deontez Lockett (@damlockett) August 25, 2016
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) August 25, 2016
— SheaMoisture (@SheaMoisture) August 24, 2016
Do not give your eyeballs to this racist, hate-filled, misogynoir crime. I #StandWithLeslie ❤️
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 24, 2016