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Is it just us, or is everyone else tired of the Ghostbusters battle too? Leave these ladies alone! (after you see their movie, of course). The buster who’s been receiving the most hate recently has been the lovely and hilarious Leslie Jones. As her character summarizes in the movie, ‘I don’t know if it’s a race thing or a lady thing, but I’m mad as hell.’

Last night Leslie exposed all the horrible messages she’d been receiving, by retweeting and replying to some disgustingly racist and derogatory tweets. Apparently she’d been receiving these terrible messages for a while.

There were some shockingly racist and down-right revolting tweets. How are there people like this? Some even compared her to the gorilla that was shot at the Cincinnati zoo last month.

You get the idea.

Thankfully she got some support from loyal fans, as she exposed what was likely only a fraction of the hate she received.


Then in a 17-tweet monologue, Jones laid it all out. She talked about how disappointed and ‘numb’ she felt and how disgusted she is that this kind of racism is still alive and well in 2016.


After her sign-off tweet, Jones discovered another twitter account pretending to be hers, posting aggressive and homophobic tweets. Suffice to say, it was a pretty rough day for Les.

Fans (and Ghostbusters’ director Paul Feig) pulled through though, and there was an overwhelming amount of love with the hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ.

Twitter hasn’t really been known for dealing with abusive users in a productive way (and they know it). Most of those users end up sticking around to harass another day. Thankfully, not this time. It turns out that this onslaught of hate was encouraged and facilitated by the Breitbart blogger, Milo Yiannopoulos. If you don’t know who that is, it’s probably for the better. He’s best known for his work encouraging harassment of female celebrities and well-known feminists as well as creating #FeminismIsCancer clothing. Yes, really.

This time Twitter didn’t just stand by and ignore the disgusting hatred flying around their site. They have permanently banned Yiannopoulos’ account. In a statement, Twitter acknowledged that they do not always handle situations like these well, and that they are in the process of reviewing their hateful conduct policies. This is the first step toward making changes to the way hate speech is handled on Twitter.

Yiannopoulos responded in a passive-aggressive Breitbart post, where he called his ban ‘the end of Twitter’ and somehow confused hate speech and free speech. Okay then.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also reached out to Leslie, and we can only hope that some good new policies can come from this.

The takeaway? People can be terrible and cruel (well, we already knew that), but we need to call them on it or nothing changes. Oh, and Leslie Jones–that fabulous, hilarious, wonderful woman–could use some love!

Sorry, that was pretty heavy. Here, take a look at this puppy stampede: