(Content Warning: Racism, homophobia)
Leslie Jones just enjoyed some huge successes as she slayed the runway of the Ghostbusters premiere. The film itself opened with numbers that analysts seem confused about: no one seems to know if they should be impressed or let down by the comedy flick's profits. But one thing is unfortuantely for sure: Leslie Jones has become a target of hate for a certain brand of Men's Rights Activists and other assorted internet troglodytes.
The Guardian notes that there has been some precedent for this kind of reaction to the lady-led comedy: long before the movie even premiered, many had "orchestrated [an] online campaign to make the trailer the most disliked in YouTube history."
But the hate has taken on a darker tone since it became even more focused on one specific member of the cast. From fake accounts posting nastiness in Leslie's name to straight up racist image macros, Leslie attempted to expose some of the venom before both calling for stronger crackdowns of abuse on social media and eventually walking away in tears. Here are just a few of the comedian's tweets from yesterday:
Paul Fieg, director of the new Ghostbusters, weighed in on the issue as well:
Using the above hashtag, comedians and commentators like Margaret Cho and Dan Savage have also voiced their support for the actress. Meanwhile, Twitter offered this tepid response to the incident: "This type of abusive behavior is not permitted on Twitter, and we've taken action on many of the accounts reported to us by both Leslie and others," said a spokesperson in a statement to Buzzfeed. "We rely on people to report this type of behavior to us but we are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to prevent this kind of abuse. We realize we still have a lot of work in front of us before Twitter is where it should be on how we handle these issues."