Leslie Jones has had enough.
Some people on here are fucking disgusting. I'm blocking your filthy ass if retweet that perverted shit. Just know that now bitches!!— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) July 18, 2016
Jones announced that she was going to stop blocking her Twitter harassers so that their tweets and comments could be seen publicly in order to expose their offensive nature.
Ok I have been called Apes, sent pics of their asses,even got a pic with semen on my face. I'm tryin to figure out what human means. I'm out— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) July 18, 2016
Jones—whose summer blockbuster remake of the classic 1980s film has enraged sexist men due to its all-female cast—then began to retweet some of the most vile messages directed her way. Many of them compared Jones to an ape or monkey, called her ugly, used racist slurs like n**ger or ‘savage,’ or repeatedly conflated her with slain zoo animal Harambe.
So sad pic.twitter.com/WQn097m9hn— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) July 18, 2016
Almost immediately after seeing the slew of retweets (as well as the fresh piles of hot, racist garbage comments that followed every single one of Jones’ tweets), fans sprung into action, reporting the accounts en masse in an attempt to get Twitter’s safety team to remove them all for violating guidelines.
But as many of Jones’ supportive fans pointed out, when one troll account is blocked another one arises to replace it.
Jones went off on many of her harassers, repeatedly giving them a piece of her mind before blocking and reporting the offending accounts, and a number of supporters began using the hashtag #LoveforLeslieJ.
But the incident raised a question that has been asked over and over for years: Why aren’t there better anti-harassment protections in place on social media?
Just after midnight, Jones said she was leaving Twitter. It was unclear whether she meant for now or forever.
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— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016
The Daily Dot reached out to Jones for further comment but did not immediately receive a response.
Update 7:39pm CT, July 19: Includes Jones’s latest tweet about leaving Twitter.