Leslie Jones addresses Twitter attack: 'Hate speech and freedom of speech are two different things'

Leslie Jones addresses Twitter attack: 'Hate speech and freedom of speech are two different things'

Saturday Night Live's Leslie Jones isn't letting personal attacks from Twitter users silence her voice. Earlier this week, the actress was shocked and saddened when she found herself on the receiving end of vicious racist remarks on the social media site.

On Thursday (Jul. 21), she opened up about the experience on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and used the opportunity to deliver this powerful message to viewers. "Hate speech and freedom of speech: two different things."

The 48-year-old also revealed that it wasn't the insults that left her upset."The insults didn't hurt me," she said. "Unfortunately, I'm used to the insults. What scared me was the injustice of a gang of people jumping against you for such a sick cause. It's like everybody has an opinion, and it all comes at you at one time. They really believe in what they believe in, and it's so mean. It's so gross and mean and unnecessary."

Leslie currently stars in the hit film Ghostbusters.

She went on to point out that had she not said anything about the comments, the hatred would have gone unpunished. "All those people still would have an account. When I approached Facebook, they was on it. Twitter, I was on them. It's like, 'That's my favourite restaurant. I love the food there. Three people just got shot in front of me. Y'all need to get some security.'"

The comedian worked with Twitter to get some of the harassers removed from the service. "I met the CEO of Twitter. He was cool, they helped me out. We got a whole bunch of accounts taken off Twitter, because it's not right."

The Ghostbusters star has since returned to Twitter after it appeared she had quit the service following the attack. Leslie clarified her actions, telling Seth, "I did not leave Twitter. I just signed out because I wanted to deal with what was going on. I went to bed, and I woke the next morning, and I was like, 'They said I left Twitter! Wait, I didn't leave!'"

And in true Leslie fashion she used humour to help the healing process, tweeting that she couldn't stay away from Twitter because, "Who else is going to live tweet Game of Thrones?"

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