Hollywood Leaps to Leslie Jones' Defense

Comedian has yet to comment on the attack
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2016 10:42 AM CDT

(Newser) – Hollywood is rallying behind Leslie Jones after a hacker leaked nude photos and other personal info about her. "Yo real talk though..LEAVE LESLIE JONES ALONE!!! She has done nothing to deserve the treatment these BUTT holes are giving her!" tweeted Jay Pharoah on Wednesday. His was just one of many tweets supporting Jones, which came from her Saturday Night Live co-stars, SNL guests, and other celebrities, USA Today reports. "I truly don't know why people are so hateful towards @Lesdoggg. Why?" tweeted Gabourey Sidibe. "She's talented and wonderful. Why are people so pressed to be awful?"

Several people called out the racism inherent in the attacks on Jones; Questlove went so far as to call the hack a "hate crime." Milo Yiannopoulos, the Breitbart editor who was at the center of Twitter attacks against Jones last month, told CNNMoney in a statement: "I'm distressed to hear that Leslie Jones has been hacked and naked pictures of her have been posted online." The FBI is investigating the hack, TMZ reports. Jones has not commented on it, and her personal website was still offline as of Thursday morning. (Read more Leslie Jones stories.)

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