The most visible star of the hit movie "Ghostbusters," Leslie Jones, left Twitter after receiving racist and sexist tweets. Jones was a victim of online trolls who attacked her after the release of her movie.
Jones' last tweet read "I leave Twitter with a very sad heart. All this because I did a movie." Many tweets sent to had pornographic images, hateful and racist comments recently.
One tweet even compared her to Harrambe, the male ape which was shot dead in a zoo in Cincinnati. There was a photo sent to her with semen on her face. Another troll created a fake account under her name which was tweeting hateful language.
The Saturday Night Live (SNL) comedienne reacted to this and tweeted, "You have to hate yourself to put out this much hate. I mean on my worst day I can't think of this much hate to put out."
The director of "Ghostbusters," Paul Feigg, defended Jones on Twitter. He said that she is one of the greatest people he knows. The director stated that personal attacks against the actress was a "personal attack on us all."
A wave of support came for Jones. A new hashtag, #LoveforLeslieJ was created in support of Jones. Sony and Feigg managed to suspend some of the accounts.
Fellow actors also tweeted in support. These are Brie Larson, Judd Apatow, Josh Gad, Olivia Munn, John Boyega, Damon Wayans, Jr., Anna Kendrick, Margaret Cho, Kristin Davis and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Amy Poehler, fellow "SNL" member, posted a message of support in her Instagram fan page. She called others to show love for Jones because this is "what she truly deserves."