Leslie Jones is battling something more sinister than ectoplasmic entities off screen.
The Ghostbusters star took to Twitter on Monday to call out a small but vocal segment of social media users who have hurled racist and sexist insults at her. “You won’t believe the evil,” Jones said of the vitriol she’s encountered. “It’s f‑‑‑ing scary.”
Among the hateful messages she has received, Jones has been called an ape and sent obscene pictures, including one depicting her with semen on her face. “I’m tryin to figure out what human means,” she tweeted. To further illustrate her point, Jones posted screenshots of some of the many offensive remarks toward her.
Jones is sadly no stranger to online haters. She and costars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon have faced sexist sentiments ever since it was first announced they would star in a female Ghostbusters reboot, and earlier this year Jones considered quitting Twitter in response to waves of scrutiny and criticism.
On a more positive note, Jones has also received many messages of support and kudos for Ghostbusters, some of which she retweeted Monday.
Among the voices sticking up for Jones was Ghostbusters director Paul Feig, who said, “Leslie Jones is one of the greatest people I know. Any personal attacks against her are attacks against us all.”