According To Leslie Jones’ Twitter Troll, He Was Doing God’s Work
In the weight of Twitter rants heard around the world, the trolling of Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones ranks quite high on the meter. Back in July, Jones was the victim of a vicious Twitter attack where individuals, in 140 characters or fewer, spewing negative and offensive comments about her looks and racial slurs.
Nevertheless, Jones fired back, exposing the hateful comments she received: “It’s not called a meltdown when [you’re] defining yourself. Pay attention. So sad, these people have mothers and sisters and aunts. So f–king sickening. You won’t believe the evil. It’s f–king scary.”
Milo Yiannopoulos, an associate editor of conservative news website Breitbar and infamous internet troll, was among of critics that went after the comedian and actress, which ultimately led to the suspension of his account. Although Yiannopoulos’ tweets are not available anymore, a transcript of the interaction surfaced immediately on the web where he compared her to an ape and expressed that if Ghostbusters was doing poorly at the box office because her work is terrible.
Now, after the recent hacking of Jones’ laptop, Yiannopoulos appeared on ABC News’ Nightline, explaining that he had no regrets about attacking Jones online that prompted her to quit social media for a short stint.
“Trolling is very important,” he said in the taped interview. “I like to think of myself as a virtuous troll… I’m doing God’s work.”
Justified with his actions, Yiannopoulos also shared that the idea of celebrities playing the victim is wrong, only fueling his hatred for Jones when the social media network banned him for what he calls freedom of speech.
“This idea that celebrities are these fragile wallflowers, give me a break,” he continued. “That the stars of Hollywood blockbusters are sitting at home crying into their iPhones.”