Twitter, This Is Inexcusable

Twitter:

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Actress Leslie Jones was bullied off Twitter by racist trolls

No one should have to put up with that shit.

And for what?

A stupid movie?!

I’m not a Ghostbusters fan. Maybe I’ve seen it twice. Maybe I’d be a fan if I saw it again. But that’s beside the damn point.

The new movie with women? I didn’t think the trailer was funny. It would have been unfunny with men too.

But hello. It’s a goddammed movie. It’s not a sign of the end of civilization. It’s a damn product. If you don’t want to see it, then don’t! If you paid to see it and didn’t like it, well, tough luck. You had that trailer to warn you.

Leslie is a fan like everyone else. She was in episode fourteen of season three of The Blacklist, making Red uncomfortable:

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A memorable performance.

And it was a dream come true for her: Leslie Jones’ ‘Blacklist,’ James Spader obsession landed her a cameo role.

It was probably a dream come true for her to be in Ghostbusters too. She was probably unbelievably happy about it.

And now some of you bastards out there have made her feel like shit.

No one should have to go through that online.

And for it to continue — for me to see daily reports of it RTed into my tweetstream — is disgusting. Twitter can stop it. It shouldn’t take long to pull up the abusive tweets and temporarily suspend those accounts. And then review those accounts. And if there’s a history of abuse to others too, then totally ban that person from the service.

How long does this have to go on?

Maybe a savvy lawyer needs to start recruiting Twitter abuse victims for a class action suit against the company? And maybe the individual abusers need to be sued too.

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