‘I feel like I’m in a personal hell’

By Devan Coggan
July 19, 2016 at 03:39 PM EDT
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Instead of fighting ghosts (or celebrating the recent premiere of Ghostbusters), Leslie Jones spent much of Monday battling racist and sexist social media users, who targeted her with a barrage of hateful and obscene tweets.

“I feel like I’m in a personal hell,” Jones tweeted. “I didn’t do anything to deserve this. It’s just too much. It shouldn’t be like this. So hurt right now.”

Jones shared screenshots of a few of the cruel and offensive messages she received, urging her followers to report them while retweeting messages of support. She also called on Twitter to enact stronger guidelines regarding hate speech and abuse, adding, “Stop letting the ignorant people be the loud ones.”

This, of course, isn’t the first time the Ghostbusters star has been the target of online hate, and many trolls have lobbed sexist attacks at the new reboot, which stars Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon. But Jones is the only Ghostbuster with a Twitter account (one that she frequently and hilariously uses to live tweet Game of Thrones), and in addition to the sexist tweets, she’s also been the target of disturbing racist comments.

On a positive note, thousands of other Twitter users rallied behind Jones, using the hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ to drown out the hate. Ghostbusters director Paul Feig and writer Katie Dippold added their voice to the positive tweets, as did stars like Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson, and Margaret Cho. 

On Monday night, Jones received a response from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who asked the star to send him a direct message.

No word yet on what response Dorsey or Twitter provided Jones.

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