Leslie Jones shows off her killer sense of humor week after week on “Saturday Night Live” and showcases her comedy chops on the big screen for the new “Ghostbusters” reboot.
But on Monday (July 18), the actress revealed she had been facing a barrage of racist messages on social media that were anything but a laughing matter.
“You know I’m gonna stop blocking so y’all can go through my feed yourself and see the bs. You won’t believe the evil,” she wrote on Twitter on Monday afternoon.
Jones then began replying to and/or reposting some of the hurtful, insensitive remarks directed toward her on Twitter, most with requests for the social platform to take action against the users (note, some language NSFW) …
Fans and Twitter users who were bothered by the comments came to Jones’ defense, with words of encouragement for the star.
Jones sent several Tweets pleading with Twitter to take action against the users making the racist remarks, but seemed to become frustrated when there seemed to be no immediate response.
But late Monday night, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reached out to Jones.
UPDATE: On Tuesday morning, a spokesperson for Twitter issued the following statement to Zap2It, regarding the remarks directed towards Jones:
“This type of abusive behavior is not permitted on Twitter, and we’ve taken action on many of the accounts reported to us by both Leslie and others. We rely on people to report this type of behavior to us but we are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to prevent this kind of abuse. We realize we still have a lot of work in front of us before Twitter is where it should be on how we handle these issues.”