Leslie Jones, one of the stars of the new “Ghostbusters” movie, is calling for tougher Twitter guidelines after she received a slew of racist tweets about her role.
Users called her an ape, sent pictures of a troll mooning the camera and even sent her a picture with semen on her face, according to The Verge. Other female cast members received some criticism for their roles in the reboot
The reboot has attracted plenty of critics. Some purists argue replacing a male cast with an all-female cast doesn’t do the original film justice, others argue the new film is “destroying their childhoods.”
Jones said she used to block the hateful tweets, but has since decided that exposing them is the best route to go.
Some users implored her to not “stoop to their level,” something Jones took issue with. In a tweet Monday, Jones told her followers “it’s way past that. So please have a seat. Don’t tell me how to react.”
According to The Telegraph, Twitter has responded by saying Twitter does not allow users to “directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race.”
In response to the hatred, Twitter users have started a #LoveForLeslieJ hashtag that is now trending.
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