Ghostbusters Star Exits Twitter Over 'Evil' Tweets

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2016 1:05 PM CDT
Ghostbusters Star Leaves Twitter Over 'Evil' Tweets
This image released by Sony Pictures shows, from left, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones in a scene from "Ghostbusters," opening nationwide on July 15.   (Hopper Stone/Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures via AP)

As Slate notes, the stars of the new Ghostbusters have been on the receiving end of some pretty mean comments from internet denizens who aren't happy the ghost-busting team is made up of all females this time around—but Leslie Jones, who is black, has had it the worst, and on Monday, she left Twitter over the abuse. She's been subjected to racial slurs, called ugly, compared to an ape, and worse.

Someone also made a fake account to impersonate her and post homophobic slurs, and Jones pleaded with Twitter brass to do something about both that and the abusive comments she was enduring from others. Finally, she'd had enough: "I feel like I'm in a personal hell," she tweeted, adding, "I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart." A Twitter rep tells BuzzFeed that the company "took action" on the accounts that were reported to them. BuzzFeed also notes that Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey personally reached out to Jones. (More Twitter stories.)

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