• Leslie Jones celebrates birthday, returns to Twitter after hack, says ‘thanks to my fans and friends!’

    Something strange in the neighborhood, who you gonna tweet? Well, you can tweet Leslie Jones again, because the Ghostbusters star is back on social media. The Saturday Night Live favorite disappeared from Twitter and Snapchat following a website hack — currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security — that revealed nude photos of the actress, along with passport and driver’s license information.

    Jones returned to Twitter with the good humor her fans have come to love. “Thanks to my fans and friends! I’m soooooo ok really. And I will always be funny been through a lot in my life and I ALWAYS GET BACK UP!” she tweeted Sunday evening.

    Jones, who just turned 49, had expressed her excitement for her upcoming birthday on Sept. 7,“Ok y’all must know I celebrate the whole week of my bday,” she tweeted. “Use to the whole month but I was young then lol. Now I just want to have fun!!” Check out the photo from her birthday party from her Twitter feed. She celebrated with Saturday Night Live castmember Kenan Thompson and his wife Christina at Ocean Prime restaurant in New York.

     

    Cyber troubles are not new to the comedienne, who deleted her Twitter account earlier this summer after being mercilessly trashed following the release of Ghostbusters, that left her with “tears and a very sad heart.” After initially blocking the trolls, Jones began exposing their racially charged hate, “Ok I have been called Apes, sent pics of their asses, even got a pic with semen on my face,” she tweeted. “I’m tryin to figure out what human means. I’m out.”

    The hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ began trending online, backed by support from celebrities like Katy Perry, Lena Dunham, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Ghostbusters director Paul Feig, and ultimately the CEO of Twitter himself, Jack Dorsey, who permanently suspended the Twitter account of accused trolling ringleader Breitbart tech editor, Milo Yiannopoulos.

    Yiannopoulos, appearing on ABC News’s Nightline, said he wants his Twitter account back but regrets nothing. “Trolling is very important,” he said. “I like to think of myself as a virtuous troll, you know? I’m doing God’s work.” Nightline host Terry Moran made headlines after calling Yiannopoulos an “idiot,” “revolting,” and comparing him to a “13-year-old child,” during the interview.

    The conservative writer called the banning unfair, and claimed Jones played the victim during the controversy. “This idea that celebrities are these fragile wallflowers. Give me a break,” he said. “That the stars of Hollywood blockbusters are sitting at home crying into their iPhones.”

    No details have been released regarding the Homeland Security investigation into the hacking. “The investigation is currently ongoing,” a spokeswoman for the federal agency said. “In order to protect the integrity of the case, no further details are available at this time.”

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    Teresa Sheffield

    Teresa Sheffield is a NYC-based comedian, writer, producer, director, and actress. You can find her regularly performing stand-up all over the city including Gotham Comedy Club, Greenwich Village Comedy Club, and Broadway Comedy Club. Teresa runs the comedy production company, Chepookah Productions, and got her start in television working in production at the Fox Business Network on Imus in the Morning, Strange Inheritance: Unpacked, FBN:am, and Making Money w/ Charles Payne.

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