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Leslie Jones in Ghostbusters.

Homeland Security is Investigating the Leslie Jones Hack Because the Trolls Went Too Far

Leslie Jones in Ghostbusters.

Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan in Ghostbusters.

Leslie Jones has become the internet scums’ dumping ground.

She embodies everything that these disgusting trolls hate: an empowered woman who happens to be Black, who isn’t considered beautiful by Eurocentric beauty standards, who towers above most people regardless of sex or gender, and whose celebrity star is rising fast.

In short, Jones has found herself the target of many hateful, racist misogynist trolls with nothing better to do. The impetus? Something as simple as the all-female cast of the new Ghostbusters: Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon, who replaced the previous ensemble of Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis, respectively. These trolls did not attack Paul Feig, the writer and director of the reboot. They barely touched on McKinnon, Wiig or McCarthy. Instead, they chose Jones — because she is the most vulnerable.

Related: Why Aren’t Jones’ “Ghostbusters” Co-Stars Sticking Up For Her?

The attack on Jones’s website this week included doxxing the star with images of her driver’s license and passport, as well as nude photos. A video of Harambe, the gorilla who was shot and killed at a Cincinnati Zoo earlier this summer, taunted Jones and site visitors.

And — just like in Ghostbusters — Homeland Security has stepped in.

The trolls seriously effed up when they included Jones’ passport and driver’s license. You see, that gave the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement cause to investigate, since a passport is considered government property. USA Today attempted to get more details on the probe, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement Public Affairs Officer Rachael Yong Yow said that they do not provide information about currently active investigations.

Jones is not the only star to have had nude images spread across the internet. Jennifer Lawrence, Mila Kunis, Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and Kate Upton are just a handful of others who have been victimized by hackers. Johansson, Kunis and Aguilera were all victim of the same Floridian man, Christopher Chaney. Chaney was charged and sentenced to 10 years in prison at a low-security prison in Mississippi.

“It’s hard to fathom the mindset of a person who would accomplish all of this,” Judge S. James Otero said regarding the Chaney case. “These types of crimes are as pernicious and serious as physical stalking.”

These acts are obviously retaliation for rabble-rousing male rights activist Milo Yiannopolous’s expulsion from Twitter, which was the result of his incredibly racist abuse of Leslie Jones back in July.

At least some of the folks on Twitter are strongly in Jones’ corner:





Laurel Dickman is an intersectional feminist, plus size model, stylist, and fat activist that can also be found via her blogs, Exile In Dietville and 2 Broke Bitches. She grew up in the south between Florida and North Carolina, migrating to the Portland, OR in 2005. All three places inform her perspective of the world around her a great deal. While in Portland, she worked with the Alley 33 Annual Fashion Show, PudgePDX, PDX Fatshion, Plumplandia, and numerous other projects over the near decade that she was there. In August of 2014, she moved to the Bay area with her partner, David and trusty kitty, Dorian Gray. She continues her body positive and intersectional feminism through various forms of activism, fashion, photography projects, and writing from her home in the East Bay. She can be reached at laurel@wyvmag.com and encourages readers to reach out to her to collaborate!

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