Ava DuVernay tweets support for Leslie Jones: Stay up, sis
Ava DuVernay is joining the chorus of celebrities showing support for Leslie Jones after the comedian was a target of hateful online attacks.
On Saturday, the director of A Wrinkle in Time and creator of Queen Sugar encouraged Jones to “stay up” after the Ghostbusters star’s personal website was hacked on Wednesday. The breached site showed nude photos, a racist video, and sensitive personal information, including her passport and driver’s license.
“Dear @Lesdoggg. Your trolls unwittingly ‘brag about your greatness.’ And no dispute, you are great,” DuVernay wrote on Twitter. “Stay up, sis. xo”
The filmmaker also linked to an article about the psychology of bullying, which quotes the late Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard: “There is a form of envy of which I frequently have seen examples, in which an individual tries to obtain something by bullying. … Essentially it shows that he regards me as something great, maybe even greater than I am: But if he can’t be admitted as a participant in my greatness, at least he will laugh at me. But as soon as he becomes a participant, as it were, he brags about my greatness.”
Jones was previously the target of a barrage of racist attacks on Twitter, which prompted her to deactivate her account back in July. She returned to the social media platform several days later, and in August her popular Olympics live-tweeting landed her a gig covering the games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for NBC.