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Hillary Clinton officially joined the #StandWithLeslie Twitter movement on Thursday, a day after Leslie Jones’s personal accounts were hacked. Hackers reportedly leaked explicit photos, her driver’s license, and passport photos online, and Clinton tweeted at her in solidarity.
The Department of Homeland Security is already investigating the hack which juxtaposed images of Jones with photos of Harambe, and one lawyer told the Daily Dot that the hackers theoretically could face more than 30 years in prison if they’re caught.
Fans of both Clinton and Jones shared their happiness that the Democratic presidential nominee was giving love to the actress.
Not everyone was excited about Clinton’s show of support. Twitter users were quick to either share their disappointment in Clinton’s tweet or their disbelief in her genuineness.
Clinton isn’t the only public figure to tweet support for Jones. Celebrities like Katy Perry have also shared kind words on Twitter.
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
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
The hack is just one of many online attacks the actress has faced recently, especially after her film–Ghostbusters–premiered in July. Late last month, Jones retweeted an onslaught of racist and sexist tweets directed at her that compared her to a gorilla, among other insults.
These attacks have opened up a dialogue about the online harassment women of color deal with on a daily basis.
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.