Update, 25 August, 10.10am: In light of the hack, Twitter leapt to Leslie Jones’ support. But while that included a swathe of her fans, celebrities have also joined in. Using the hashtag #StandWithLeslie, recording artist Katy Perry announced her support late last night.
Support also filtered through from recording artist Sara Bereilles, Ghostbusters director Paul Feig and comedian Taran Killam, among others.
Do not give your eyeballs to this racist, hate-filled, misogynoir crime. I #StandWithLeslie ❤️
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 24, 2016
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) August 24, 2016
What’s happening to @Lesdoggg is an absolute outrage. Alt right, haters, trolls, “comedians,” whoever the fuck you all are, you’re just sad.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) August 24, 2016
May many (more) bad things befall the cowards who’ve attacked my friend, @Lesdoggg. They are the worst of humanity, where she is the best.
— Taran Killam (@TaranKillam) August 24, 2016
Original article: Star of this year’s Ghostbusters remake, and SNL stalwart Leslie Jones (far right) woke Wednesday morning to find her personal website hacked. The hacker also laced the site with stolen personal info and naked pictures of her.
According to Variety, the photographs and info of Jones was stolen from her Apple iCloud account, although this hasn’t yet been confirmed. In fact, Leslie Jones has yet to comment on the matter on Twitter, or release a press statement about the privacy and security breach.
The actress and comedienne’s website was taken down around 6pm SAST (9pm PDT), and remains down at the time of writing.
Jones isn’t exactly a stranger to the internet’s evil side either. Last month, she took a sabbatical from the social network after waves of abuse was directed at her. This was fuelled by conservative writer and Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who was later banned from Twitter for life.
While Jones might’ve seen Twitter as a source of deep hardship earlier this year, fans of the star have come out in support.
Look every time something bad has happened to Leslie Jones she’s come out stronger and more famous so what exactly is your plan here, trolls
— Kristin Chirico (@lolacoaster) August 24, 2016
Love Leslie Jones. Hate hackers. pic.twitter.com/nhB0D5Cu5s
— Michael Smith (@michaelsmith) August 24, 2016
Imagine being so damn petty and insecure in your white maleness that a wonderful person like Leslie Jones threatens you. Sad and disgusting.
— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) August 24, 2016
Jones quickly became a trending topic on Twitter soon after news of the hack broke, while Google Search trends have also shown a marked spike in queries for the star.
The culprit, or the prime motivation behind the attack, is not yet understood.
Feature image: Sony Pictures