How Fan Support Inspired Leslie Jones To Keep Tweeting Through The Hate

She's not going anywhere.

Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones had a rough week on Twitter, during which she was the subject of racist and sexist attacks. 

She spent Monday calling out the people sending the hateful messages and criticized Twitter for not taking a stand against the abuse.


Eventually, Twitter announced that it had banned the man behind the attacks. Meanwhile, celebrities tweeted their defense of Leslie using the hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ.

Leslie stopped by Late Night With Seth Meyers on Thursday to discuss the experience. She explained that, although many believed her to have quit Twitter over the ordeal, she's not going anywhere.

"I didn't leave," she said. "I just signed out, 'cause I wanted to deal with what was going on."

Upon her return to the social media platform Thursday, she proved just as funny as ever, reminding us how much she loves Game of Thrones. (She loves it a lot.)

Leslie described to Seth how disheartening the experience was for her: "What scared me was the injustice of a gang of people jumping against you for such a sick cause."

For Leslie, it was important to draw attention to the comments instead of ignoring them, and she expected Twitter to support her in condemning such abusive speech.

"It's like that's my favorite restaurant," she said for comparison. "I love the food there. Three people just got shot in front of me. Y'all need to get some security." 

Leslie said she met with Twitter's CEO and worked to get several accounts suspended.

One thing that kept her going through the hate was the support she received from her fans. Seth took a moment to share a compilation of videos from people sending their love.

"We love you, Leslie, and anyone can be a ghostbuster," says a little girl in a ghostbuster uniform.

"You've inspired me," says a young woman surrounded by Ghostbusters memorabilia.

Leslie was extremely touched by their words: "It makes you go, 'Aw, man, you know, I'm not going nowhere.'"

She also had a message for people who argued free speech to defend the abuse she received, saying, "Hate speech and freedom of speech — two different things."

Watch Leslie's full interview below:


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