Leslie Jones Won't Be Kept Down By Social Media Trolls, And How Her Mom Taught Her About Confidence

Stacey Cole

Leslie Jones has clearly shown that she is a celebrity with a "never-say-die" attitude as she has surfaced yet again on social media. The actress took a brief hiatus after being criticized by a Twitter user in a brutal way. According to ABC News, Milo Yiannopoulus, Leslie's social media nemesis and a tech journalist, took things too far after he upset Leslie by posting inflammatory remarks about her on Twitter.

— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) September 8, 2016

Despite the moral support that she received from her fans, Leslie Jones took the hurtful comments to heart and found it difficult to deal with the vindictive social media bully. To add to her grievances, the Saturday Night Live actress's account was hacked, and her nude photos and her driver's license details were leaked on the internet within a month of facing the racist attacks.

The recent harrowing experience on the web was too much for Leslie Jones, who developed an aversion to social media and finally decided to take a break from the medium. According to Us Magazine, Leslie recently appeared on Late Night with Seth Myers and spoke about the worst insult that she has ever faced in her life.

"Unfortunately, I'm used to the insults. That's unfortunate, but what scared me was the injustice of a gang of people jumping against you for such a sick cause."

— HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) September 7, 2016

As revealed on Late Night with Seth Myers, Leslie Jones is no stranger to being subjected to criticism. In fact, she has always taken insults to heart ever since she was a child, causing her to struggle with low self-esteem since her childhood days. As a child, the Saturday Night Live actress was very conscious about her skin color, and as she grew older, she became deeply embarrassed with another aspect of her physical personality: her height.

Her woes worsened with age as she consciously found herself feeling unattractive. Her skin color might have affected her negatively had it not been for her mother, who introduced Leslie Jones to a beautiful African woman who instilled in her the confidence to feel attractive and confident. The incident motivated Leslie to embark on a journey of positivity and liveliness: a journey that the actress remains on to date.

"People used to call me names so my mom had this beautiful African lady come talk to me. I was like, 'Oh my God if I'm going to look like you then I don't care what anyone says about me'."

— ABC News (@ABC) September 5, 2016

"Every time we went to dinner she would make me walk to dinner, we would walk after dinner. And then it just started becoming [a habit] – I would work out, I would do yoga."