Leslie Jones Just Quit Twitter Over Racial Abuse

Leslie Jones, star of the recently-release Ghostbusters reboot, has quit Twitter under a stream of awful racial abuse. After tweeting a few examples of some of the downright disgusting comments she received online, her account was hacked and used to publish homophobic messages. As a result, she has decided to quit Twitter altogether. Rightly so, if you ask me.

We reviewed the Ghostbusters remake, and at the end of it we had a good time. “If you’re willing to put your hangups at the door, you’ll have a great time. If you don’t think you can do that, this movie isn’t for you.”

This seems to be something that ‘Ghostbros’ can’t escape – fans of the original movie who make it their goal in life to be as publically negative of the reboot as possible. Some messages Jones received were just plain shocking, and they show that as a general human race we haven’t come nearly as far as some may think.

Before she logged off, she dropped one more plea to treat even the most elite of Hollywood stars as human.

I think – and I know I tread a fine line commenting on things like this as a white male – that Jones’ experience shows how pathetic too many people are. There is no excuse for unloading racial abuse on someone who has worked hard to get where they are. If you think that way, fine. But keep it to yourself and your racist friends. At the same time, it’s far, FAR too easy for people to be as abusive as this online.

Twitter released a statement to Buzzfeed, saying: “This type of abusive behavior is not permitted on Twitter, and we’ve taken action on many of the accounts reported to us by both Leslie and others. We rely on people to report this type of behavior to us but we are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to prevent this kind of abuse. We realize we still have a lot of work in front of us before Twitter is where it should be on how we handle these issues.”

Too little, too late. Twitter isn’t a new thing. I realise that it’s incredibly difficult to monitor the amount of users that are on Twitter at any given moment, but these are things that should already be in place. I know it’s easy for me to rant online and not offer any method to fix it. So how about a simple system like ‘person A reports person B for abuse; person B gets punishment; person A is monitored for continued abuse.’

As a race, we need to get over ourselves. This is just pathetic. Like Jones says, we still live in an age where we need to say “black lives matter.” And we call ourselves an evolved, modern species.