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Leslie Jones was having an amazing year until it all came to a crashing halt in August.
The hilarious comedienne found success with Saturday Night Live and then transitioned to the big screen with Ghostbusters. She became such a success on Twitter and Snapchat that NBC invited her to Rio to become a commentator for the 2016 Olympic games. She even came up with a tagline that immediately went viral: "Slay all day."
But at some point the Internet decided to make Jones the subject of a vicious Twitter attack. In 140 characters or fewer, trolls tweeted offensive comments about her looks and racial slurs. Jones fought back by exposing some of the hateful tweets she received. "It's not called a meltdown when [you're] defining yourself. Pay attention," she wrote to one Twitter hater before adding, "So sad, these people have mothers and sisters and aunts. So f--king sickening."
She added, "You won't believe the evil. It's f--king scary."
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After exposing some of the cruel comments, Jones was able to get Twitter to permanently suspend some accounts. But after her Twitter victory, Jones sustained another blow—someone hacked her personal website and published her nude photos, passport information and her driver's license. Since that violation of privacy, Jones seemingly has disappeared. She hasn't tweeted or posted a video with a funny filter on Snapchat since, nor has she been spotted out and about.
A famous Internet troll, Milo Yiannopoulos, was one who went after Jones on Twitter during the racial slur spree, but he told ABC News' Nightline that he had no regrets about what he had done.
"Trolling is very important," Yiannopoulos said. "I like to think of myself as a virtuous troll, you know? I'm doing God's work."
When Jones said how upset she was over the cyberbullying she was facing, Yiannopoulos told the news show that she was playing the victim. "This idea that celebrities are these fragile wallflowers. Give me a break," he said. "That the stars of Hollywood blockbusters are sitting at home crying into their iPhones."
"It is insisted upon us that we all pay obeisance to the cult of Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer that they put them on the cover of the magazines," Yiannopoulos said.
He has since been banned from Twitter thanks to Jones' efforts, but he's looking it make it back on. "I woud like my account back," he said.