Show some love for Leslie J

Leslie Jones slays in the new Ghostbusters revamp and even slayed on the red carpet in a stunning Christian Siriano gown after several designers turned down the opportunity to work with her. But apparently, that’s not enough to keep the haters away.

According to the Huffington Post, Jones has been on the receiving end of incredibly harsh — and completely uncalled for — comments that are racially-charged and criticize her appearance. While the Ghostbusters star didn’t hesitate to call out the trolls by retweeting their comments on Twitter, some of which referred to her as an “ape” and as “extremely ugly,” Jones also shared how hurtful such caustic words were to her, says the Huffington Post, explaining that they made her feel “numb.”

“I don’t know how to feel,” she tweeted. “I’m numb. Actually numb. I see the words and pics and videos. Videos y’all. Meaning people took time to sprew hate.”

She continued expressing her disbelief this way, according to the Huffington Post: “As much as you want to thinks actors ain’t human I want to give you something to think about. I work off pure passion for this game … I’m more human and real than you fucking think.I work my ass off. I’m not different than any of you who has a dream to do what they love.”

Although Jones held her own against her haters, many friends and co-stars joined her to fight against the negativity, tweeting their love to the Saturday Night Live star with the hashtag, “#LoveForLeslieJ.”

The Huffington Post says that stars like Sophia Bush, Anna Kendrick and Olivia Munn all tweeted their support to the actress. Ghostbusters director Paul Feig also joined in with a tweet of his own, according to the Huffington Post:

“Leslie Jones is one of the greatest people I know. Any personal attacks against her are attacks against us all. @Lesdoggg

Fellow comedian Loni Love called on other comics to stand in solidarity with Jones, according to the Huffington Post, tweeting:

“My girl @Lesdoggg has paid her comedy dues & this is her moment ..Stand up comics we need 2 stand up for our girl now RT .”

While the Huffington Post shows that many jumped to Jones’ defense, perhaps Jones voiced her frustration and sadness most eloquently when she tweeted, “Stop letting the ignorant people be the loud ones. Y’all I got more love than hate but they louder. Fuck that be louder.”

Let’s let our love be louder for Leslie.

 

Jones rocks stunning Siriano number at ‘Ghostbusters’ premiere

All those designers who didn’t want to dress Leslie Jones for the big premiere of the Ghostbusters reboot got a glimpse of what they missed out on when Jones hit the red carpet over the weekend.

After calling out those designers who didn’t want to work with her, Project Runway alum Christian Siriano stepped up to the plate to dress the Saturday Night Live star — and the results were stunning. Jones showed up to the Saturday, July 9 premiere in Los Angeles in a red off-the-shoulder gown with a thigh-high slit, reports People, which she accessorized with a statement necklace, a frame clutch and metallic heels.

The inspiration for the fiery red gown? The movie Pretty Woman, Siriano may have implied on Instagram as he posted a photo of Jones with the caption, “Yep! #prettywoman.” People explained the potential nod to the classic film this way: “It definitely referred to the famous red-dress-and-diamonds combo Julia Roberts wears in the movie, but possibly also for the fact that the designers who blew her off made a ‘Big mistake. HUGE.‘”

All Pretty Woman speculation aside, People says Jones told reporters at the premiere that she wanted to “be ‘sexy,’ and show off my body a little bit.”

In addition to sharing her wish-list for her premiere gown with reporters, Jones also acknowledged the man who made it all possible — who also had a big day of his own.

“He’s getting married, right now, as we speak,” Jones told reporters of Siriano, who married his longtime boyfriend Brad Walsh the same day as the premiere, according to People. “As I walk up this aisle, he is walking up his aisle! Christian, Happy Wedding Day!”

While Siriano was enjoying his own special day, Jones killed it on the red carpet — all thanks to a simple tweet that led “making magic” happen.

To see Jones’ gorgeous gown, click here.

Call the ‘Ghostbusters’ cast to fight sexism

When sexism is overshadowing your craft, who are you going to call to fix it? The cast of the Ghostbusters reboot, that’s who.

According to the Huffington Post, the film’s cast — which includes Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon — joined the New York Times‘ David Itzkoff and the film’s director Paul Feig to discuss the making of the film along with the sexist feedback they’ve received.

While many viewers are claiming that the revamp, which will be released on July 15,  will “ruin” the original, the Huffington Post says that the cast told Itzkoff that they have had it with other sexist comments they’ve fielded:

Jones: To me, the people who are crying about, “This is ruining my childhood,” this movie is not for them anyway.

Wiig: They need to probably go to therapy.

McCarthy: I think their childhood was pretty much ruined already. If this broke it, it was pretty fragile to begin with. It is good to remember, it is a tiny, tiny fraction that screams. Normal, healthy people don’t stand outside, saying, “You’re ruining my childhood!” There’s one nut on every corner in every city that does it. But so what? The other 300,000 people in a town aren’t doing that.

But their responses to the sexist retorts didn’t end there. The Huffington Post says that McCarthy told Itzkoff that she “heard more about the young girls who were excited about the film than the sexist backlash.”

“When we were shooting, Paul would bring in pictures of young girls dressing up, and they had made their own proton packs and jumpsuits, and I thought, that’s really cool,” she said, according to HuffPost. “I was more aware of that stuff.”

Jones agreed, saying that she was surprised by the Internet uproar over the all-female cast. But she also said that she doesn’t understand why such backlash even exists. HuffPost says the actress put it this way:

“It’s the same thing, when you go to a comedy club. [announcer’s voice] ‘Are you guys ready for a woman?’ Are you ready for a unicorn? Why is being a woman so surprising? There are two sexes. A man and a woman. So, if it’s not a man in a movie, what else was it going to be?”

But perhaps Jones expressed her surprise at the backlash best when she said it’s unfounded because “women have been killing it for years.”

And we’re pretty sure Jones and the rest of the cast will only carry on the tradition in this film.