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Ghostbusters Star Leslie Jones Quits Twitter After Racist Attacks

We’re aware that the road to Hollywood fame is not easy, but add on social media and the journey to the starry lights and accolades becomes a whole other layered beast.

Unfortunately, at a time that would appear to be the height of her success, Saturday Night Live comedian and co-star of the Ghostbusters‘ all-female reboot, Leslie Jones is seeing the ugly side of the limelight.

While Jones has faced her fair share of critics, the most recent attacks on social media proved racism and sexism are still far too prevalent in our society. So much so, the actress has classified her experience as being a “personal hell.”

After Ghostbusters won big at the box office, the star began receiving a wave of disturbing and extremely offensive tweets. Among the unnerving rhetoric were names such as “ape” and a “savage”–two slurs often hurled at Black people.

Leslie’s supporters quickly jumped to her defense, encouraging her to stay strong and keep shining.

After being repeatedly attacked, Jones called on the social network to do something to stop the hate.

“Twitter, I understand you got free speech I get it. But there has to be some guidelines when you let [hate] spread like that. You can see on the profiles that some of these people are crazy sick,” Leslie tweeted. “It’s not enough to freeze accounts. They should be reported.”

In order to protect her sanity, Jones decided to leave the social network; but we hope it’s not forever.

Keep your head up, LessDogg. Beat them with your spirit and talent. We’re still here rooting for you.

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