In addition to sending Jones sexist and racist messages, Twitter users were circulating a screenshot of an apparently doctored tweet that was made to look like an offensive reply from the actress.
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Her supporters quickly rallied, sending #LoveForLeslieJ messages that saw the hashtag trending worldwide. Boosted by "Ghostbusters" director Paul Feig and other celebrities, it received tens of thousands of tweets.
I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart.All this cause I did a movie.You can hate the movie but the shit I got today...wrong
The "Ghostbusters" reboot has gained mixed reviews, with a score of 60 on the aggregation site Metacritic. It received a solid $46 million at its opening weekend, although failed to top the U.S. box office.
Since it's announcement last year, it has also become a lightning rod for abuse on social media.
Much of the anger has centered around the decision to recast the male-dominated 1984 classic with all-female leads.