“Selma” director Ava DuVernay showed support for Leslie Jones on Twitter Saturday morning, telling the comedian that trolls are unconsciously boasting about her greatness on the heels of Jones being a victim of a cyber attack.
“Dear @Lesdoggg. Your trolls unwittingly ‘brag about your greatness.’ And no dispute, you are great. Stay up, sis. xo,” DuVernay wrote with a link to an article titled, “Why Haters Hate: Kierkegaard Explains the Psychology of Bullying and Online Trolling in 1847.”
On Wednesday, an unidentified hacker commandeered Jones’ Tumblr, posting personal photos from her iCloud account, which included several nude shots as well as pictures of her passport and driver’s license.
Jones’ phone number and the password to her Twitter account were also displayed. DuVernay is a staunch supporter of civil rights and viewed as an extremely positive role model for minorities in Hollywood.
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) August 27, 2016
The hacker replaced the top of Jones’ website with the image of an exchange from last month between Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and the WikiLeaks’ Twitter account over the fallout from online abuse toward the “Ghostbusters” actress on the social media platform.
The social media platform banned Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos for “inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others” for a series of Tweets against Jones. WikiLeaks called action taken by Twitter on Jones’ behalf “cyber feudalism” and argued that the actress had been similarly provocative toward other users.
Jones had posted examples of racist and misogynist abuse she had received on the platform, including tweets by Yiannopoulos.