Leslie Jones, under hateful barrage on Twitter, fights back

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — Under a barrage of hateful posts on Twitter, "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones said she was "in a personal hell" and urged the social networking service to do more to eradicate abuse.

In a series of posts Monday night, Jones said she had been pummeled with racist tweets. She retweeted numerous tweets directed at her with pictures of apes.

Jones said the messages were deeply hurtful and brought her to tears. The "Saturday Night Live" cast member called on Twitter to strengthen guidelines and for users to "stop letting the ignorant people be the loud ones."

The recently released "Ghostbusters" has spawned an unusual amount of vitriol online. Many, however, came to Jones' defense, tweeting under the hashtag "LoveForLeslieJ."