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:
Finally, late Monday night, Jones announced that she'd had enough and was retiring from Twitter:
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:
And she had a lot more to say on the subject. After a spokesperson for Twitter told BuzzFeed News that they “still have a lot of work in front of [them] before Twitter is where it should be on how [they] handle these issues," Chrissy let the site know that she would not stand for this.
So what can Twitter do? someone asked. Teigen had answers:
Oh and don't even think about telling her to "toughen up."
But what about the "trolls will be trolls" argument? Nope.
She might even move to San Francisco and do the damn job herself.
Look Twitter, she's not even asking that much, okay?
And this is not about her being oversensitive, so don't even.
And finally, she knows there are bigger problems in the world. But don't worry, she's pissed about those things, too.
Leslie Jones may have been through hell the past few days, but at the very least this superfeisty supermodel has her back. Perhaps Twitter had her rant in mind when they banned Milo Yiannopoulos.