Leslie Jones Responds To Website Hacking By Making Us All Laugh About It At The Emmys
While there was absolutely nothing funny about Leslie Jones having her website hacked, her personal information shared, and her nude images leaked to the Internet, the entire crowd at last night’s Emmys found themselves laughing about it. The Ghostbusters star spoke on that degrading situation by using humor, which she does best.
During the segment of the award ceremony where Ernst & Young accountants explain the voting process, Jones accompanied them out on stage to let them know they’re better off using their counting and protecting expertise to guard more valuable things — like her Twitter account.
“I really appreciate all of the hard work you do, but let’s be real,” Jones said as the audience laughed. “Ya’ll protecting something that nobody’s trying to steal. Don’t nobody want to know about boring Emmy secrets. But since you good at keeping things safe, I got a job for you: my Twitter account! Put that in the vault, please! Ya’ll over here using your skills to protect best voice-over in a French sitcom? Meanwhile, I’m buttnaked on CNN! I just wanted to feel beautiful, ya’ll! Can a sistah feel beautiful?!”
In that hack, Jones’s passport information was also leaked, as well as her driver’s license. And that was perhaps the worst of what the comedian has had to deal with following months of online harassment. Before the leak, she dealt with racists who attacked her Twitter account pretty consistently before she pushed Twitter to take action and ban the users. “What’s scary about the whole thing is that the insults didn’t hurt me,” Jones told late-night talk show host Seth Meyers in July. “Unfortunately, I’m used to the insults, but what scared me was the injustice of a gang of people jumping against you for such a sick cause.”
Jones is stronger than most. She clearly hasn’t let the ugliness of sad people quell two very important things: her spirit, and of course, her sense of humor.