Leslie Jones’ Twitter Troll Said: ‘I Was Doing God’s Work’
One of the Twitter trolls who forced Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones off Twitter earlier this year has gone public insisting he’s not sorry for attacking her online. Milo Yiannopoulos tells U.S. news show Nightline he was doing “God’s work” when he took aim at the Saturday Night Live regular, using racist and misogynistic messages that led the 48-year-old to briefly quit social media.
Yiannopoulos hit a low when he compared Jones to an ape shortly after the release of Ghostbusters in July. But he insists he was justified in tweeting what he did.
“Trolling is very important,” he said in a taped interview set to air on Friday. “I like to think of myself as a virtuous troll… I’m doing God’s work.”
Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative columnist and internet personality during a press conference down the street from the Pulse Nightclub, June 15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida – Source: Drew Angerer/Getty Images North America.
Jones complained to Twitter bosses about the severity of Yiannopoulos’ tweets and they banned him from the social networking platform, but that just fueled his hatred for Jones – and now he insists the idea of celebrities playing the victim is wrong.
He tells Nightline, “This idea that celebrities are these fragile wallflowers, give me a break,” he told Nightline. “That the stars of Hollywood blockbusters are sitting at home crying into their iPhones.”
The troll may have been banned from Twitter but his tweets prompted others to attack Jones – and that eventually prompted her to sign off of all platforms.
“It’s just too much. It shouldn’t be like this,” she wrote before quitting Twitter in late July. “So hurt right now.”
Leslie opened up about the online attacks during an appearance on Seth Meyers’ late night show in the U.S. on July 21, 2016 revealing, “What’s scary about the whole thing is that the insults didn’t hurt me. Unfortunately, I’m used to the insults. That’s unfortunate, but what scared me was the injustice of a gang of people jumping against you for such a sick cause.
“It’s so gross and mean and unnecessary. So it was just like one of those things like, ‘OK, if I hadn’t said anything, nobody would have ever knew about this (sic). All those people still would have an account.”