Remember when we all used to worship celebrities and it was really freaking weird?
Now we're all about destroying them and it's even worse.
Comedienne/actress Leslie Jones has been dealing with all sorts of racist and vile trolling ever since the Ghostbusters hit theatres in July. While many have chosen to say that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated, it has escalated, with Jones's personal website being hacked and much of her personal information was leaked to the public. I will not be linking anything, as that is a huge breach of personal privacy and is just plain wrong. While Jones herself has not commented, many others from Katy Perry to Hillary Clinton have spoken out about this disgusting display of hatred.
This isn't the first time we've seen such a vulgar display of cyber abuse. Jennifer Lawrence had personal photos stolen and leaked online. Many said that she deserved it for taking the pictures in the first place, but would we say that to someone who's house was robbed? Of course not. Many celebrities ind themselves logging off of social media because of cyber bullying, which is often spoofed as lighthearted fun on Jimmy Kimmel's "Mean Tweets." But, as an outsider watching woman after woman suffer humiliation by cyber bullies, I just have to ask:
WHAT IN THE ACTUAL F*** IS WRONG WITH YOU?!
Yes you, Mr Cyber Bully. What in the actual f*** is wrong with you? How little do you have going on in your life that you need to tear down someone like Leslie Jones, who just wants to make movies, make people laugh and live life. What could she have possibly done to deserve this level of abuse? Short of "Well, Leslie Jones murdered my entire family, then burned my house down and salted the Earth so that nothing could ever grow there again," I really cannot think of anything. Seriously, what could possibly be so gratifying about trying to tear down a total stranger by abusing her, violating her privacy and trying to destroy her life. I haven't seen the new Ghostbusters, but I heard it was pretty good. But even if it wasn't, I've heard a poor review on Rotten Tomatoes generally does the trick.
I have never understood the idea that it's fun to tear down another human being just because they are successful or happy. Who does that?! I can only imagine bitter, horrible people who cannot see any good in their lives and are jealous of other people. Or raging douchebags. Whatever. But you see it every day. Commenters taking shots on celebrities for their appearance, their marriages, their kids, you name it. Calling them ugly and hateful and the like. People who buy into this behaviour are awful people. Maybe not "cyber hacker posting stolen photos" horrible, but still pretty darn awful.
I always say that the world would be a better place if we practiced the lost art of not being an asshole. Maybe we should give that a try. The next time you see someone posting some kind of hatred against someone, whether it's a celebrity, a coworker, or a random person online, speak up and shut it down. Next time you want to post that mean tweet about that actor because you thought their latest film totally sucked, think about how it would feel if someone sent you tweets about your last poor day at work and maybe try not sending it. Let's all try the lost art of being nice and showing basic human respect. The world would be an infinitely better place if we did.
We can start by not wasting precious seconds on the racist and disgusting displays of cruelty that has been inflicted on Ms. Jones. We could instead send her lovely messages about her adorable Olympic commentary, or her roles on Saturday Night Live or Ghostbusters. Or just a "I think you deserved better than this." Because spreading love is so much better than spreading hate.
Published by Mary-Helen Clark