It was just last month that Saturday Night Live comedian Leslie Jones was bombarded with racist and misogynist abuse that forced her to take a break from 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,” she wrote.
But, the abuse didn’t stop there. Wednesday, nude photos and personal information was posted to Jones’ site in the ultimate invasion of privacy, an act steeped in hate and misogynoir. Fans immediately took to Twitter to show their support and Hollywood made it loud and clear that what happened to Jones should not and won’t be tolerated.
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From Ghostbusters director Paul Feig to Questlove, celebs threw all of their love and support behind Jones and condemned the hackers behind the scandal.
these acts against leslie jones….are sickening. its racist & sexist. it's disgusting. this is hate crimes. this aint "kids joshing round"— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) August 24, 2016
Do not give your eyeballs to this racist, hate-filled, misogynoir crime. I #StandWithLeslie ❤️— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 24, 2016
If 101% of pop culture catered to white nerds instead of only 98.1% then the cyber attacks like the one on Leslie Jones wouldn't happen.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 24, 2016
.@Lesdoggg you are beautiful & talented & bring laughter into a world that desperately needs it. You are also my friend & I support you.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 25, 2016
What's happening to @Lesdoggg is an absolute outrage. Alt right, haters, trolls, "comedians," whoever the fuck you all are, you're just sad.— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) August 24, 2016
This @Lesdoggg attack is troubling. The rampant racism percolating in society right now is shameful and sad. She made a movie, that's it!— octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) August 24, 2016
Yo real talk though..LEAVE LESLIE JONES ALONE!!! She has done nothing to deserve the treatment these BUTT holes are giving her! @Lesdoggg— Jay Pharoah (@JayPharoah) August 24, 2016
Let's turn our anger at trolls into love for Leslie Jones and into strategies to protect all the heroines who don't deserve this bullshit— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 24, 2016
I was terrified when I did SNL. Leslie Jones went out of her way to be open, warm, friendly, funny all week. She is a GEM.— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) August 25, 2016
May many (more) bad things befall the cowards who've attacked my friend, @Lesdoggg. They are the worst of humanity, where she is the best.— Taran Killam (@TaranKillam) August 24, 2016
Along with support from fans and peers, Jones now has the support of the FBI. According to TMZ, the FBI is investigating and is developing a strategy to track down whoever was behind the hack.
Jones hasn’t commented on the scandal or appeared on social media, undoubtedly taking a break from it all. We just hope the comedian knows that there are tons of people out there who love and support her 100 percent.