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Leslie Jones’ heart-wrenching gym selfie becomes online rallying cry

'I feel like I’m doing it for nothing.'


Ramon Ramirez


Posted on Feb 1, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 2:32 am CDT

On Wednesday, Leslie Jones went to the gym and posted a selfie. You’ve seen these on Instagram: They are motivational and celebratory, and often facing a mirror. Then things took a dark turn.

“Ok back to cardio. But confession I feel like I’m doing it for nothing… I’m healthy and look good but I really feel like ‘what’s it all for’ if the people you want to notice don’t. I just feel like I might die alone. Sorry that’s pretty heavy today!!” the Saturday Night Live star wrote.

Jones struck a nerve and landed on a disruptive truth: What is the point? It’s a universally painful notion that we all ponder when we feel alone and insecure, but Jones actually put it out there with the vulnerability of a poet. Luckily for everyone, she’s a beloved comic with many thankful fans who rushed to her aid.

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More than 4,500 comments, almost universally of support, filled out her Instagram. Ditto Jones’ Twitter.

Jones is headed to South Korea this month for the Olympics. After the boost of affection, she seems ready.

H/T BuzzFeed

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*First Published: Feb 1, 2018, 8:32 am CST