When news surfaced that the popular movie, Ghostbusters, was undergoing a remake with some interesting new characters, fans of the original were anxious to learn more. When the crew turned out to be a team of diverse yet hilarious women, not everybody was so excited any longer. Despite the fact that people had ill opinions of the movie itself, one of the stars–Leslie Jones–was at the receiving end of some hateful and vicious online attacks.
Whereas the other actresses got their typical applause, Jones became an instant victim. When a racist, sexist entertainer took to Twitter to not necessarily talk about the movie but instead about Jones’ character, words such as “Weight Watchers” and racial slurs were quick to surface. At first, Jones held her ground with her own insults and even stated that she would not tolerate such nonsense and would be quick to block those who harassed her. When she began feeling trapped, she marched on in her pursuit to influence the world to be more positive by exposing the negative. Alas, the hatred continued and escalated to such a level of disgust that Jones deleted her Twitter account.
How Is She Dealing with This? Has She Moved on?
Of course, Jones took a more mature approach by ignoring the comments, something she chooses to still do today. Those who were at the heart of her attack were banned from Twitter, but they unfortunately adapted to other platforms. Despite the actress moving on and becoming an advocate for cyberbullying by appearing on talk shows, other platforms, and interviews, the modern day trolls could not resist thickening their plot. What Leslie describes as a “personal hell” has only gotten worse for her.
The Website Hack
Most celebrities have their own personal websites. When the star thought that her nightmare was finally over, her website was hacked. Contrary to popular belief, though, the information obtained was not what Jones had for lunch, but included sensitive information like her driver’s license number, her address, and even her phone number. With such extreme steps being taken against this actress, those who have witnessed the atrocities can only wonder why.
The Ugly Truth: Racism and Its Presence Online
If you have a social media account or even turn on the news for one minute each day, you cannot ignore the racism that permeates so many aspects of life in the United States. Though racism has always existed, social media has given those with racist views new channels to spread their hatred and prejudices . Out of all of the other actresses in Ghostbusters, Leslie Jones was singled out because of the color of her skin and her refusal to falter during the unsteady time. In addition to being African-American, Jones is a woman–one of the other most oppressed groups in the entire world. The combination of her skin and gender was seemingly too much for the sexists and racists, but it has only made Jones stronger. She is an example to those who have, are, and prospectively will be victims of similar hatred one day. She is the symbol of what is really happening in everybody’s backyard, and it is important to understand that bullying of any sorts is unacceptable and not to be tolerated one iota anymore.