Leslie Jones, I am so sorry

I am so fucking angry. And hurt. And horrified.

It looks like hating the new Ghostbusters for having an all-female team wasn’t enough. Oh no. It looks like misogynoir and general antiblackness fuels their fires too. Huzzah!

On the alt-right site Breitbart.com (where all the scum of humanity flourish), Islamophohbic (and racist and sexist) writer Milo Yiannopoulos wrote a negative review of the movie, and went out of his way to attack Leslie Jones (who plays Patty Tolan) in particular, essentially calling her ugly and unappealing and saying everyone should be offended by her existening.

It only got worse. On Twitter, he essentially encouraged his fans (a lot of them legitimate white supremacists and KKK members) to go out and attack Leslie Jones, calling and comparing her to apes, saying she’s ugly, making fake tweets of her being offensive, and other hateful, misogynoiristic comments. And the worst part? Yiannopoulos has the gall to laugh in her face about it and saying she’s playing victim!

So, to anyone who tries to say that the hatred of Ghostbusters (which is a legitimately funny, exciting, and empowering movie) has absolutely nothing to do with bigotry and people who point it out are ‘idiots’, you are very much mistaken. It’s very fucking obvious that, with the rise of nationalism, misogyny and antiblackness within this year alone (thank you, Donald Trump), all the evil alt-right-wingers are crawling out of the woodwork like the worms they are are attacking Ghostbusters and Leslie Jones in particular with glee, and they know not a damn person is going to stop them. Not even Twitter, which has proven time and time again it is useless when it comes to stopping harassment.

I am so sorry, Leslie Jones. I am so sorry you have to deal with this. All for the crime of starring (and being awesome in) a movie that racist white fuckboys cannot handle. I am so sorry that you’re being driven off Twitter over this. I am so sorry.

To anyone reading this, don’t stay silent. Give Leslie Jones as much love and support as you can and tear the haters down. We should not be living in a world where bigotry can go unpunished.

 

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