Jones deserves all the credit in the world for being brave enough to
engage in what must have been a devastating experience in order to
expose whoever (I like to think it was one loser, many accounts, but
that’s probably not the case) sent such purposefully demeaning, hurtful
messages her way.Because those are people, who even if they never
posted such a tweet before in their lives, had it in them to do that.
And that’s really alarming.If one positive arose from this, it’s
that #LoveforLeslieJ started trending, and most of those messages were
lovely. It was at least some reassurance that there’s common sense out
there, not to mention a reminder that Twitter is still a place where
tens of thousands of people—black, white, Asian, Hispanic, men, women,
gay, straight, etc.—can come together for good.
Why Leslie Jones’ horrifying Twitter experience needs to be talked about.
On Monday afternoon, the Ghostbusters star and Saturday Night Live cast member tweeted that she was tired of receiving constant harassing messages with overt racist and sexist imagery. 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. Almost immediately, her fans sprung into action.