Leslie Jones—the star of Ghostbusters and, this week, both a victim of hate speech and a champion of fighting back against it—appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers Thursday night. The pair’s conversation, unsurprisingly, focused on the week’s news: the banning of @Nero (otherwise known as Milo Yiannopoulos, the self-proclaimed “most fabulous supervillain on the internet”) from Twitter after he helped foment a racist, sexist harassment campaign against Jones.
The conversation between the two comedians was notably serious. Jones and Meyers discussed the fact that, though for a moment it seemed as if she had left the service entirely, she is now back on Twitter. (“Who else is gonna live tweet Game of Thrones!!”) She discussed the moral components of standing up to trolls. (“What’s scary about the whole thing is the insults didn’t hurt me,” she noted. “Unfortunately, I’m used to insults—but what scared me was the injustice of a gang of people jumping against you for such a sick cause … And it’s so mean. Like, it’s so gross and mean and unnecessary.”)
Perhaps Jones’s most notable observation, though, was this: “If I hadn’t said anything,” Jones pointed out, “nobody would have ever knew about this. All those people still would have an account.”