A slew of Hollywood elite, including supermodel Chrissy Teigen, took to social media on Tuesday to defend Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones after she was bombarded with horrific, racist tweets that finally drove her off Twitter. On Monday, the comedian fought back at the trolls, retweeting the hateful messages and responding to each one.
After hours of this, she was frustrated and heartbroken, tweeting:
I feel like I'm in a personal hell. I didn't do anything to deserve this. It's just too much. It shouldn't be like this. So hurt right now.— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016
Finally, late Monday night, Jones announced that she'd had enough and was retiring from Twitter:
I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart.All this cause I did a movie.You can hate the movie but the shit I got today...wrong— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016
A huge number of the Saturday Night Live star's fans and fellow celebrities, like Margaret Cho and Ghostbusters director Paul Feig, tweeted their support of Jones, with the hashtag #LoveforLeslieJ. And many implored the site to improve its support system to prevent future racist hate speech. Chrissy Teigen was among the stars to speak out, tweeting: