There aren’t many ways to respond to the hack of Leslie Jones’ website, but if someone is going to do it right, it’s going to be Katy Perry. The singer responded to the news that Leslie Jones’ website had been hacked in the best way possible. Taking to Twitter, Perry admonished the anonymous person or persons who did the alleged hacking to replace Jones’ “Just Leslie” site with her license and passport photo. In addition to this personal information, a video of Harambe, the gorilla that was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo, was posted to her site. Bustle has reached out to Jones' rep for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.
While the rest of the world stood by in utter shock at the hate and vitriol being spewed at Jones these days — the comedian was also the victim of a number of hate-filled and racist tweets sent to her in July — Katy Perry responded perfectly, taking to the social media platform that had betrayed Jones in the past. This time, though, Twitter was used for good as Katy Perry commanded her fans and the public to “not give your eyeballs to this racist, hate-filled, mysogynoir crime.” Mysogynoir, for those of you who, like me, had to look it up is misogyny specifically directed toward black women. Perry added the hashtag “StandWithLeslie,” claiming that she definitely does.
To say that these attacks on Jones are difficult things to respond to is sort of understatement, I realize that, but I definitely commend Perry for standing with Jones — and for standing up for her.