Leslie Jones has had a tough few months. Following her breakout role in the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, she became the unwitting target of racist, sexist abuse on Twitter, a move reportedly orchestrated by conservative reporter Milo Yiannopoulos. Weeks later, hackers targeted Jones' website, leaking her personal information and nude photos.
But the comedy star hasn't let these incidents send her into hiding. On Sunday evening at the Emmys, Jones took the stage with the Emmy accountants — who are there for the unexciting task of explaining how the votes are tabulated and their findings are kept secret until the event — to address her website hack in the most Jones-esque fashion.
As the Ernst and Young accountants regaled the audience with wild tales of their methods, Jones thanked them for their work, and got straight to the point.
"I really appreciate all the hard work you do, but let's be real," Jones said. "Y'all protecting something that nobody is trying to steal." Nobody cared to know about boring Emmy secrets, she (rightfully) told them.
"But since you're good at keeping things safe I got a job for you — my Twitter account! Put that in the vault, please," Jones said, confronting the controversy head-on. "Y'all over here using your skills to protect 'Best Voiceover in a French Sitcom?' Me? Meanwhile I'm butt-naked on CNN! I just wanted to feel beautiful, y'all! Can a sister feel beautiful?"
Jones' continued determination to talk about the abuse she's put up with has won hearts everywhere. But her Emmys bit sent fans into overdrive. Many tweeted their love and support for the comedian and commended her strength.
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