Leslie Jones made her return to Twitter Thursday following the site’s permanent ban of Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos, who was accused of leading a harassment campaign against the “Ghostbusters” star.
“Welp … a bitch thought she could stay away,” Jones tweeted. “But who else is going to live tweet Game of Thrones!!”
Earlier this week, Jones began retweeting racist and sexist messages sent to her following the release of the all-female “Ghostbusters” reboot. Jones plays Patty Tolan, a MTA worker whose knowledge of New York earns her a spot on the Ghostbusters despite her lack of scientific background.
In response to the retweets, Yiannopoulos accused Jones of trying to “play the victim.” After Jones blocked Yiannopoulos, he joked that he was “rejected by another black dude” and began retweeting screenshots of fake tweets pretending to be from Jones. Following complaints from Twitter users, the site permanently suspended Yiannopoulos’ account late Tuesday night.
“People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter,” a Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. “But no one deserves to be subjected to targeted abuse online, and our rules prohibit inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others.”
“We know many people believe we have not done enough to curb this type of behavior on Twitter. We agree. We are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to better allow us to identify and take faster action on abuse as it’s happening and prevent repeat offenders. “
Jones also thanked fans who had shown support for her with the hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ.
The comedian is set to appear on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Thursday, after going on the show last month for a “Game of Thrones”-themed segment.
See her triumphant tweets below.
Welp…a bitch thought she could stay away. But who else is gonna live tweet Game of Thrones!!