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Leslie Jones Discusses Ordeal with Racist Twitter Trolls (Watch)

Leslie Jones on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (NBC) - July 21, 2016
Leslie Jones on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC) – July 21, 2016

*During a visit to “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on Thursday, “Ghostbusters” and “Saturday Night Live” star Leslie Jones spoke at length about the recent onslaught of racist trolling that drove her to speak out.

“What’s scary about the whole thing is the insults didn’t hurt me,” said Jones. “Unfortunately, I’m used to insults, but what scared me was the injustice of a gang of people jumping against you for such a sick cause.”

It was “so gross and mean and unnecessary,” she added.

Jones said the trolls infected both her Twitter and Facebook accounts. Facebook was quick to address the issue, but Twitter was somewhat slower to respond.

“It’s like, that’s my favorite restaurant. I love the food there,” she said, using an analogy to explain Twitter’s response. “Three people just got shot in front of me. Y’all need to get some security.”

Jones confirmed reports that she indeed worked with Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, which led to the permanent suspension of several perpetrators ― including Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor with conservative news outlet Breitbart, who tweeted abuse at Jones and encouraged his 300,000 followers to do the same.

Jones also clarified whether she had, or had not, actually left Twitter amid the avalanche of hate-filled comments directed her way. “I did not leave Twitter,” she explained. “I just signed out, because I wanted to deal with what was going on.”

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