The actress says she felt trapped and helpless
Actress Leslie Jones recently revealed that the racist abuse she had received via Twitter escalated as people somehow got a hold of her personal email address. This soon followed with a series of death threats and more degrading messages, making her feel trapped and even afraid for her life.
The Ghostbusters stars had no choice but temporarily quit the social media platform after it was inundated with racial slurs.
Jones admitted to Time magazine that she felt trapped by the situation and didn’t know how to handle it effectively: “I was in my apartment by myself, and I felt trapped.
When you’re reading all these gay and racial slurs, it was like, I can’t fight y’all. I didn’t know what to do. Do you call the police? Then they got my email, and they started sending me threats that they were going to cut off my head and stuff they do to ‘N words.’ It’s not done to express an opinion, it’s done to scare you.”
As a result of the ongoing harassment, Milo Yiannopoulos – who is known for attacking and trolling online – was banned from the social network. However, he then claimed that the actress faked being offended and played the victim only to advance her career.
“She is one of the stars of a Hollywood blockbuster. It takes a certain personality to get there. It’s a politically aware, highly intelligent star using this to get ahead. I think it’s very sad that feminism has turned very successful women into professional victims,” he said.
The 48-year-old star had previously stated she wasn’t hurt by such insults due to being used to this in the public eye. However, she claimed to be upset due to the severity of the messages received.
She said: “The insults didn’t hurt me. Unfortunately, I’m used to the insults. [What scared me] was the injustice of a gang of people jumping against you for such a sick cause. They really believe in what they believe in and it’s so mean!”