Less than a month ago, trolls hacked Leslie Jones’ accounts and threw up a bunch of her personal shit, including naked pics. Leslie Jones is ready to laugh about it and invited millions of people to do so with her during the Emmys last night.
Yesterday a living skid mark (or living skid marks) had hacked Leslie Jones’ personal website and released a bunch of her personal information, as well as some racism. Shortly after it happened, I swung by Twitter and noticed two things. One, that the hashtag “#IStandWithLeslie” was trending. And two, that a lot of people were scratching their heads and wondering if the powers that be would track down who’s responsible. According to TMZ, both the FBI and Homeland Security have gotten involved.
When trolls on Twitter spewed all kinds of racist shit at Leslie Jones, she reported them to the powers-that-be and stepped away from the scariest part of the internet for a good minute. (Actually, the scariest part of the internet is the YouTube page that plays that Little Sprout Baby commercial.) Twitter banned several of the trolls who went after Leslie Jones, including the tech editor for Breitbart Milo Yiannopoulos (aka @Nero). Nero was reportedly one of the main leaders who rallied the troll troops to throw smegma balls of racism at Leslie, because their assholes were throbbing with rage over the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, or something. Nero has been sent to banned camp by Twitter before, but this time it was permanent. The trolls aren’t done with Leslie and today they retaliated against her for getting their troll king banished. They hacked her accounts and put all of her personal business out there.
When the all-lady reboot of Ghostbusters was released last month, it didn’t pull in Suicide Squad numbers, but it didn’t do Nine Lives numbers either. It brought in $46 million on its opening weekend, and has proceeded to make more than $180 million worldwide. Shortly after the opening weekend numbers were added up, Sony’s president of worldwide marketing and distribution announced that it was the “restart” of a brand relaunch. I was already bracing myself for Ghostbusters 2: Electric BOO-galoo and Ghosbusters 3: Freddy vs. Jason vs. Slimer. I can stop though, because The Hollywood Reporter says it won’t get a sequel.
I am a person without cable, which means I can’t watch the 2016 summer Olympics on NBC, CBC or any other channel. So if I want to see a greasy shirtless hottie in a paper mache skirt work it for his homeland, I go to Twitter. And there are some people on Twitter who truly deserve a gold medal for their coverage of the Olympic games. Leslie Jones is one of them. Leslie returned to twitter after a brief hiatus, and thank god she did, because Leslie’s coverage of the Olympics is the only coverage you need. NBC thinks Leslie is doing such a good job of covering the Olympics that they recently invited her to Rio and do it live.
Yesterday, Leslie Jones reminded us that the internet is full of trolls by retweeting a ton of racist garbage that was thrown her way. Just like Leslie, I also didn’t understand why the trolls were getting a throbbing hate erection from tweeting racist shit at Leslie. Were they all part-time magicians who were super pissed off that Ghostbusters beat Now You See Me 2 at the box office last weekend? Or maybe they were just racist trolls who wanted to troll. Probably the second one.
Leslie eventually got sick of shoveling the racism and quit Twitter. Many came to her defense and got the hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ trending. Chrissy Teigen tweeted at Twitter and asked how long it was going to take for them to clean up the trolls. If Taylor Swift can get Instagram to delete all the snake emojis from her comments, you’d think Twitter would move just as fast to shut down all of Leslie’s trolls. Well, according to Twitter, they’re working on it.
AP says that Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey reached out to Leslie last night on Twitter. A Twitter spokesperson also released this statement.
This type of abusive behavior is not permitted on Twitter, and we’ve taken action on many of the accounts reported to us by both Leslie and others. We rely on people to report this type of behavior to us but we are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to prevent this kind of abuse. We realize we still have a lot of work in front of us before Twitter is where it should be on how we handle these issues.
If only there was a way Twitter could send a copy of a troll’s racist tweets to their mom. I’m pretty sure that getting an angry call from their mother asking “Is this what you do all night in the basement?? Send rude, racist messages to famous people?? Get your ass up here RIGHT NOW” would scare a lot of trolls straight.