Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones has hit out at racist trolls on Twitter, before declaring her intent to quit the social network.
An all-female reboot of the classic film starring Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon made $46million (£34.7m) at US box office in its opening weekend in North America, beaten to the number one spot by The Secret Life Of Pets.
After accusations of misogyny directed at the cast by some online commenters, Jones spoke out on Monday night (July 18) about the racist abuse she has faced surrounding the film’s release.
In a series of tweets, Jones wrote, “I feel like I’m in a personal hell. I didn’t do anything to deserve this. It’s just too much. It shouldn’t be like this. So hurt right now.”
She went on to state that she plans to leave Twitter (“I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart. All this cause I did a movie. You can hate the movie but the shit I got today… wrong”) before calling on the company to do more to prevent abuse (“Twitter I understand you got free speech I get it. But there has to be some guidelines”).
Read Leslie Jones’ tweets below.
Ghostbusters director Paul Feig has been one of those to publicly support Jones. He called on her not to quit Twitter, writing, “Don’t leave us… You are a goddess & one of the warmest funniest forces of nature I know. Fuck the haters.”
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) March 8, 2016