Ghostbusters director Paul Feig comes to Leslie Jones’ defense on Twitter

Leslie JonesThe new Ghostbusters has undoubtedly become one of the most controversial films of the year, simply because of its all-female cast.

Now the flick’s director Paul Feig has come to the defense of one of his most-attacked leading ladies — Leslie Jones.

Following Leslie’s epic Twitter troll call-out last night, the director had the hashtag #LoveforLeslieJ trending after Tweeting “Leslie Jones is one of the greatest people I know. Any personal attacks against her are attacks against us all. #LoveForLeslieJ @Lesdoggg”

The hashtag immediately shot to the top of Twitter’s trending list, with a slew of fans and celebrities singing the Saturday Night Live star’s praises, including Margaret Cho, Anna Kendrick, Zoe Kazan, and Ghostbusters co-writer Katie Dippold, who called Leslie “Not only brilliant but one of the kindest people I’ve ever met.”

Leslie, who’s blasted the sexist anti-Ghostbusters trolls before, took to Twitter Monday night to re-post many of the misogynistic and racist messages she’s received these past few months.

For example, this heinous comparison:

The actress sent out re-Tweet after re-Tweet well into the wee hours of the morning, voicing her frustration with the social media platform, and calling for stricter rules for user-to-user interaction. 

Leslie then decried all the undeserved vitriol, saying she’s in “personal hell,” and adding later, “I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart. All this cause I did a movie.”

The reboot that started it all, also starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon, received generally solid reviews and hit theaters this past weekend with a $46 million debut.

Tell us below — do you think Twitter should adopt stricter guidelines for what users should or shouldn’t be allowed to post, or is it all part of free speech?

Here are just some of the supportive messages Leslie has received in the past 12 hours, all starting with Paul’s:

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  1. John I. • July 19, 2016 @ 12:49 PM

    Other than the use of profanity, or direct threat to individuals, I don’t support the curtailing of twitter. I do believe we can see these people for who they really are – namely hateful, bigotted individuals who sit in dark places and throw stones because they are mad at the World. Limiting free speech just allows these people to hide, amd it could lead to the censoring of others who deserve a voice.

  2. Snepts • July 19, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

    Fortunately she’s okay with the negative stereotypes reinforced by the characters in her movie.

  3. James53 • July 20, 2016 @ 9:12 AM

    People are filthy, foul creatures. #LeaveLesAlone

  4. your name • July 20, 2016 @ 4:38 PM

    I don’t understand what this is about.Leslie Jones ✔ @Lesdoggg
    Where is the rape idiots. I said nothing about rape you f***ing morons. I was talking about being match to another strong brother. (she calls people morons, and the word idiot {which is a person with developmental disabilities in a certain range} and curses at people but that’s fine? Having a child in my family who is an idiot by medical definition & can’t live a normal or fulfilling life and my family members who love and care for this young-man/child, I am deeply saddened and hurt that twitter allows the word for certain mentally challenged to be used as a derogatory term then protect the same person from hurtful attacks. My family member would have graduated high School recently if he could have went to school. How old is this woman? Can she dress herself, feed herself,speak in sentences? His Mother does all that for him and I know how deeply wounded she would be to hear this woman to use a disparage the disabled while talking about her feelings being hurt!!!!!!!

  5. Mindy • July 21, 2016 @ 12:37 AM

    Ummmmm, are you having the same conversation as everyone else, ‘your name’? And by the way everyone uses the term idiot. You said moron yourself, so what are you talking about? Did you know there are people who have morons in their family and it’s a touchy subject because they’ll be morons their entire lives and someone will have to take care of them forever? Shame on you.

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