Leslie Jones is a very funny woman, but there was nothing comedic about her spat with Twitter trolls Monday.
Jones is one of the stars of the female-driven "Ghostbusters" reboot that was released over the weekend. The movie replaces the team of comedian ghost hunters from the 1984 original with an ensemble of some of the funniest ladies in the business — including Jones, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant — but the gender-forward move has been the subject of much controversy. Unfortunately, Jones, the only woman of color among the show's stars, is receiving the brunt of the bigoted backlash. When Jones fired back Monday, the internet trolls harassing her doubled down.
“Ok I have been called Apes,” Jones wrote on Twitter, “even got a pic with semen on my face. I’m tryin to figure out what human means. I’m out.”
The “Saturday Night Live” cast member was compared to primates, sent pornography, called racial slurs and accused of baiting the troll's ire just by having starred in the "anti-male" film. A fake Twitter account even emerged that posed as Jones to post racially insensitive hate speech.
“You have to hate yourself to put out that type of hate,” Jones wrote. “I mean on my worst day I can’t think of this type of hate to put out.”
In the wake of the barrage against Jones, many of her "Ghostbusters" and "Saturday Night Live" colleagues rushed to her defense on social media, including "Ghostbusters" director Paul Feig, "Saturday Night Live" co-star Colin Jost and former "SNL" and current "Casual" star Michaela Watkins, as well as other celebrities.
Despite the outpouring of support, Jones indicated in her final tweet Monday night that she would be taking a break from Twitter. She has not posted since, but her account remains active.