Let’s make something clear:
Not all of the detractors of the new GHOSTBUSTERS are racists and misogynists. If you disliked the film because it just wasn’t your thing, you are not being lumped in with the ignorant fools that stand among you. That said, there are people within that group of disgruntled fans who absolutely are racist and misogynistic. And that’s who this is aimed at.
Earlier this week, actress Leslie Jones seemingly left twitter. Why? Not because some people didn’t like GHOSTBUSTERS. No, she left because of the actual hate speech she had flung her way after the film came out. She was inundated with messages from people calling her a “big lipped coon,” a gorilla, and wishing for her death.
Really disturbing stuff.
I’d like to think that no matter what you thought of the GHOSTBUSTERS reboot, that you’d denounce this sort of behavior.
Well, Jones appeared on “Late Night with Seth Myers” to address these vile individuals. “Whatâ€™s scary about the whole thing is that the insults didnâ€™t hurt me,” she told Myers. “Unfortunately Iâ€™m used to the insults. What scared me was the injustice of a gang of people jumping against you for such a sick cause.”
Turns out that twitter CEO Jack Dorsey agrees with Jones. After she retweeted several of the more hateful messages, he invited Jones to join him for a meeting where they, together, deactivated several of the accounts associated with these cyber bullying attacks.
“Itâ€™s so gross and mean and unnecessary,â€ Jones said. â€œIf I hadnâ€™t said anything, nobody would have ever known about this. All those people would still have an account,” she added of her decision to take a stand.
And, just in case you think this is a 1st Amendment “Freedom of Speech” issue, Jones has a message for you: “Hate speech and freedom speech: two different things.”
Indeed. No one is saying you can’t voice your disdain for the new GHOSTBUSTERS, or say how much it stinks, or how disappointed you are in the direction they went with the reboot. But when that turns into personal attacks, blatant racism, and calls for Jones to be killed, a line has been crossed.
You can view the “Late Night With Seth Myers” segment featuring Leslie Jones of GHOSTBUSTERS right here: