Leslie Jones is a stand-up comedian and also a hilarious actress, recently having starred in the all-female remake of Ghostbusters alongside Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig.
But unfortunately, the actress has been targeted in a sickening campaign of racism and abuse.
Hackers have taken over Jones’ website and released intimate photos of the actress, some of which were apparently very explicit – all from her iCloud account.
The horrendous cyber-attack also released confidential information such as copies of her passport and driving licence.
Her phone number, Twitter password and photos of her with other stars such as Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were leaked also.
Disgustingly, the attack had a racist undertone as an image of the dead Cincinnati Zoo gorilla Harambe also appeared before the site was taken down.
Sadly, this is not the first time Jones has been targeted by racist attackers.
The 48 year old actress left her Twitter account last month after receiving racist comments.
Apparently, tweets were sent to her blaming her for the disease AIDS and some compared her to a gorilla.
She criticised Twitter for not doing enough to deal with such disgusting hate.
I'm so tired of it. Why is this still a fight? I want to hate so bad but I can't because I know it doesn't fix anything and just make me sad
— Leslie Jones ? (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016
However, recently Twitter did implement a new “quality filter” which is supposedly designed to allow users to deal with trolls and abusive posts more easily.
But, this cyber attack is significantly much worse.
While the actress herself has not made any comment about the situation, there has been a massive outpouring of love and support on Twitter.
Ellen DeGeneres, Emma Watson and Katy Perry are just some of the big names who have publicly sent their love to Leslie.
Do not give your eyeballs to this racist, hate-filled, misogynoir crime. I #StandWithLeslie ??
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 24, 2016
.@Lesdoggg you are beautiful & talented & bring laughter into a world that desperately needs it. You are also my friend & I support you.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 25, 2016
I #StandWithLeslie x
— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) August 25, 2016
Ghostbusters director Paul Feig also came to her side, tweeting his outrage over these disgusting hackers and their idea of ‘fun’:
What's happening to @Lesdoggg is an absolute outrage. Alt right, haters, trolls, "comedians," whoever the fuck you all are, you're just sad.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) August 24, 2016
Oscar winner and actress Octavia Spencer amongst others pointed out the obvious racial undertones of the attack.
This @Lesdoggg attack is troubling. The rampant racism percolating in society right now is shameful and sad. She made a movie, that's it!
— octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) August 24, 2016
If 101% of pop culture catered to white nerds instead of only 98.1% then the cyber attacks like the one on Leslie Jones wouldn't happen.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 24, 2016
Project Runway All Stars host and Charmed actress Alyssa Milano pleaded to her users to not view the explicit photos while Kathy Griffin suggested her fans should look at Leslie’s achievements instead.
Do me a favor? Please don't share or view the Leslie Jones personal info/photos. Support Leslie by not supporting the assholes that did this
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 24, 2016
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) August 24, 2016
Actress Anna Kendrick and singer Sara Bareilles simply lent their words of encouragement.
I was terrified when I did SNL. Leslie Jones went out of her way to be open, warm, friendly, funny all week. She is a GEM.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) August 25, 2016
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) August 24, 2016
There were many tweets from more stars, proving just how much Leslie has positively influenced people as well as the industry.
The hashtag #IStandWithLeslie has been going around Twitter so please feel free to add to the conversation and show your support to the lovely Leslie.
No one’s privacy should be violated this way nor should they be attacked so disgustingly in such a public way.
But this also proves that no matter how much hate there is, there is always plenty of love to focus on.
We stand by you 100%, Leslie Jones and we love you no matter what.
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