Leslie Jones

The 2016 remake of Ghostbusters has been an uphill struggle from day one. People were so averse to the new movie that it has had some serious hate flung at it from all angles, from before the first trailer was even released. While some criticism offered legitimate concern that the previews didn’t seem all that funny, a lot of it was outright sexist. Though it was hardly a particularly intellectual affront to the movie, it still took a lot of courage for the producers to stand up to it. When the film was finally released, though, it made for a pleasant surprise for a lot of people who were expecting it to ‘destroy their childhoods’.

Still, a lot people were determined to hate it. Even NerdBastards got accused of faking a positive review in exchange for money from Sony. If only.

Throughout it all, the majority of people have been able to shrug off the trolls’ vitriol with that age old ‘sticks-and-stones’ solution, trusting in their own personal belief that they’ve created they enjoyed and hoping other people will too. And other people do seem to be enjoying it.

This little girl certainly seems to have loved it.

Kristen Wiig is seen at the Los Angeles Premiere of Columbia Pictures' “Ghostbusters” at TCL Chinese Theatre on Saturday, July 9, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Sony/AP Images)

But now things have got personal.

Leslie Jones, who played Patty Tolan in the new movie, officially announced that she was leaving Twitter last night due to the sheer volume of abuse she has received from Ghostbusters haters recently.

Along with sexist and racist comments, a fake account was created in Jones’s name which posted even more horrific comments which were falsely attributed to her, targeting all kinds of minorities and posting homophobic slurs. Though she publicly called out the fake account, nothing came of it in a reasonable amount of time and she finally gave into the pressure.

Many of her friends and fans, including Ghostbusters director Paul Feig, offered their comfort and leapt to defend her. The hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ was created in an attempt to show solidarity with her and to stand up against people who have only hate to put into the world, when the comedian herself has spent her life bringing people joy.

Though a few of the accounts that made the most hateful attacks have been suspended, after both Feig and Sony picketed Twitter to do so, it has not stopped Jones leaving the platform.

This is not the first time that Twitter has come under fire for not taking action to tackle online abuse. Hopefully, though, now that groups such as Sony might be inspired to get behind a campaign, the company might be persuaded to put some real measures in place.

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