Dan Aykroyd defends Leslie Jones: ‘There’s a lot of white racist hatred out there’
Leslie Jones, who stars in the new Ghostbusters movie, has been absolutely flooded with hate on social media, and Dan Aykroyd believes all that hatred is part of a bigger pattern.
She shared many of the insults on Twitter to raise awareness, and then responded with sadness and disappointment when Twitter failed to act.
I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart.All this cause I did a movie.You can hate the movie but the shit I got today…wrong
— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016
Aykroyd told ET Canada of the people spewing hatred at Jones for her Ghostbusters stardom, “These people, they’re insignificant gnats, they’re losers, they have no lives of their own, they can probably barely pay for the wifi they’re using.”
“I would say you’re looking at obese white men between 50 and 60 who are active Klan members or member of the Aryan Nation and there are millions of them,” he continued.
“I’m afraid to say that that contingency will be voting for the republican ticket, pretty much that’s what the statistics are indicating, that there’s a lot of white racist hatred out there that’s going to channel into a support for the republican ticket, maybe in the false belief that these people share their views.”
“I don’t think that Trump and [vice presidential nominee Mike] Pence are as racist as the people who attacked Leslie Jones, I really don’t. Trump may be saying some things to go that way to get some votes but – well I don’t know.”
Using the hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ, Jones received an outpouring of love from other celebrities, including her ‘Ghostbusters’ director, Paul Feig.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) July 18, 2016
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) July 20, 2016
— Amber Rose (@DaRealAmberRose) July 19, 2016