Dan Aykroyd: ‘Leslie Jones’ Trolls Have No Lives of Their Own’
Dan Aykroyd has labeled Leslie Jones’ Twitter trolls “insignificant gnats.” The Ghostbusters actress was forced to quit the micro-blogging site on Monday after being subjected to vile racist messages.
Since then, hordes of stars have come out in support of the star, with Aykroyd, who starred in the 1984 original Ghostbusters movie, encouraging Jones not to take any notice of the haters. “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,” he told Entertainment Tonight Canada. “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.” Aykroyd also said that with Donald Trump about to be named the official presidential candidate for the Republican party hasn’t helped the amount of racism in the United States. While he insisted the levels of racism perhaps aren’t the same, the actor said he believes Trump’s campaign has done little to dispel these feelings of hatred. “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,” he continued. Aykroyd added of the actress: “She’s a great writer, great comedian and comes from a real urban background where she had a lot of hardship and she’s channeling that into a great achievement and a great career.” Meanwhile, after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey asked Jones to direct message him, the site has now released a statement about the cyber bullying of the actress. “This type of abusive behavior is not permitted on Twitter, and we’ve taken action on many of the accounts reported to us by both Leslie and others,” the statement read. “We rely on people to report this type of behavior to us but we are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to prevent this kind of abuse. We realize we still have a lot of work in front of us before Twitter is where it should be on how we handle these issues.”
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