Leslie Jones, one of the big screen's new "Ghostbusters" stars, is fighting a barrage of racist messages sent to her on social media.
The Los Angeles Times reported
that on Monday Jones began retweeting personal attacks sent to her on Twitter, most them targeting her race, with some referring to the actress as an "ape" and a "savage."
"She has no style she has no grace this Leslie (Kong) has a funny face," one user tweeted at Jones, according to Us Weekly
"Ghostbusters," the reboot of the 1984 original film, made $46 million at the box office over the weekend. The "Saturday Night Live" star joins Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Kristen Wiig in the new version of the movie.
Jones responded to the attacks with several tweets.
Other celebrities, including director Paul Feig and "Star Wars'" John Boyega, who had to deal with racist messages on Twitter himself, jumped on Twitter to support the comedian, using the hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ. Many others also used the hashtag in displays of public support for the actress.
The Los Angeles Times wrote that Jack Dorsey, Twitter's chief executive, reached out to Jones as well, urging her to contact him.
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