Leslie Jones Quits Twitter, Tens of Thousands Hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ



Yesterday, after reading that comedian and actress Leslie Jones had received a slew of hateful racist tweets, tens of thousands of social media users took to Twitter to hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ in a show of support.  The hashtag trended worldwide with so many words of support and love for Jones, who not only has made a name for herself as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, but just starred in the reboot of the Ghostbusters series and has appeared in Chris Rock’s movie Top Five.  Ghostbusters director Paul Feig was one of the hashtaggers writing “Leslie Jones is one of the greatest people I know.  Any personal attacks against her are attacks against us all.” Other comedians tweeting support include fellow SNL cast members Jay Pharoah and Aidy Bryant, Tig Notaro, Michael Kosta, Sara Benincasa, Debra DiGiovanni, Keith Powell, Jenny Slate, Tiffany Haddish, Kate Berlant, Riki Lindhome, Joel Kim Booster, Aries Spears, Matt Pavich, Liz Barrett, Corinne Fisher, Rick Shapiro, Tammy Pescatelli, Andy Kindler, Judy Gold, Martin Morrow, Riley Silverman, and dozens more.

But after spending the better part of the last two days speaking out on Twitter against vicious amounts of hate tweets, and even dealing with fake accounts posting fake/doctored Jones tweets, Lesley Jones has decided to quit the platform entirely.  “I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart,” she posted on Tuesday.  All this cause I did a movie.  You can hate the movie but the shit I got today….wrong.”

The last tweet she had posted prior to that was a plea for help finding the fake account that was posting doctored/fake tweets supposedly authored by Jones.

Jones’ voice will be missed on Twitter.  One of the funniest uses of social media all year was Jones marathon live tweet-athon while she binge watched the entire Breaking Bad series.