Leslie Jones on Twitter trolls: Hate speech and freedom of speech are two different things

Comedian and actress Leslie Jones has a message for her Twitter trolls: Hate speech and freedom of speech are two different things.

“What scared me was the injustice of a gang of people jumping against you for such a sick cause,” Jones told Seth Meyers on his late night talk show on Thursday night.

“Everybody has an opinion and it all comes at you at one time,” she added.

Jones, who is starring in the film “Ghostbusters,” garnered a lot of media attention this week after she spoke out about the online harassment she was dealing with on Twitter.

Responding to the complaints, Twitter later banned conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos from its site after he was accused of leading the online hate campaign against Jones. Yiannopoulos later said in interviews that “Twitter has just died as a free speech platform.”

While this isn’t the first time that a celebrity has spoken out about about online harassment, social media companies like Twitter have been facing pressure to do more to address this issue. Jones told Meyers that when she contacted Facebook the company was “on it” but that she had to push Twitter to respond.

Twitter outlines how to deal with online abuse in its help center.

Jones also clarified that she didn’t leave Twitter permanently, but just signed out to deal with the harassment. She even met Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey afterward.

“He was cool. They helped me out. We got like a whole bunch of accounts, you known, taken off of Twitter,” she said.

Here’s the full video of the interview:

Photo: A screenshot of a video that shows Jones appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers.


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  • DL

    yet she feels ok saying things like “white people SMH” on her twitter.

    • socialismisevil✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Left says blacks cant be racist

      guess lefty doesnt consider blacks to be humans

      nothing changes

    • YouPoorVictim

      “yet she feels ok saying things like “white people SMH”

      Is that hate speech? I don’t get it. Please explain.

  • socialismisevil✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    AS another ignorant lefty spews their

    communist education onto us

  • socialismisevil✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Reminds me of the 60 minutes interview with the Sharia Law police where they proclaimed

    WHERE IS MY FREEDOM? ( in telling you what you can and cant say)

  • citizenrich

    Lol @ creepy Seth Myers celebrating the “targeted abuse” of one of his fellow homos by an untalented comedian and Social Justice Queen.

    Milo Y. is the Technology Editor of a leading online news and opinion service, Brietbart.

    He’s not some random piker or online basement dweller / troll.

    Twitter stock crashes again today but as long as Leslie feels safe…it’s all good! Right.

    • YouPoorVictim

      You poor victim!

    • YouPoorVictim

      “He’s not some random piker or online basement dweller”

      Bretibart is a troll website. Breitbart was a troll. Not sure what they need a Technology Editor for anyway. Can you share some of Milo’s brilliant Technology Editor work?

      • citizenrich

        Says the basement dweller and true piker.

        • YouPoorVictim

          Wow, good one. Try to use more facts so I can shoot them down and cause you to lash out with more attempts at name calling.