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Katy Perry describes attack on Leslie Jones as ‘misogynoir’, internet loses it

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Leslie Jones, who temporarily left Twitter last month after being targeted by torrents of vile abuse, has been attacked on social media again. Photo: Michael Tran Leslie Jones, who temporarily left Twitter last month after being targeted by torrents of vile abuse, has been attacked on social media again. Photo: Michael Tran
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Katy Perry as a mainstream proponent of intersectional feminism? Sure, okay.

The pop star surprised the internet overnight when, while voicing her support for Leslie Jones in the wake of the comedian’s latest brush with online trolls, she described the attack as “misogynoir”.

The term, largely unknown outside of intersectional feminist circles (that Wikipedia page is taking a beating today), was coined by queer black feminist Moya Bailey in 2010, and further articulated by Trudy of the blog Gradient Lair, to describe the combined racist and sexist marginalisation experienced by black women. Do not give your eyeballs to this racist, hate-filled, misogynoir crime. I #StandWithLeslie ❤️— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 24, 2016

“Do not give your eyeballs to this racist, hate-filled, misogynoir crime. I #StandWithLeslie,” Perry wrote on Twitter, nearly breaking the internet.

While many celebrated the word being shared with her hopefully inquisitive 92.1 million followers, others mocked the idea of a white woman being praised for echoing a term black women have been using for years. Katy Perry used the term misogynoir. Wow. https://t杭州/viSEPa805o— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) August 24, 2016Y’all. When a major pop star uses Misogynoir, you know the game is changing. This is major. https://t杭州/m4fxtfikSd— kylie sparks (@kyliesparks) August 24, 2016bruh who taught katy perry “misogynoir”— Deaux (@dstfelix) August 24, 2016BW: we experience misogynistic racism aka misogynoir wh*te media: WW: misogynoir is bad wh*te media: WOW, GROUD BREAKING! NEW! SO AMAZING!— black history heaux (@localblactivist) August 25, 2016

Numerous celebrities, including Kerry Washington, Lena Dunham and Ghostbusters director Paul Feig, have rallied in support of Jones, whose website was attacked on Wednesday, with hackers exposing the actress’s private information, including nude pictures and personal documents.

It follows a similar attack last month which saw Jones temporarily leave Twitter, after trolls littered her account with racist and sexist abuse. What’s happening to @Lesdoggg is an absolute outrage. Alt right, haters, trolls, “comedians,” whoever the fuck you all are, you’re just sad.— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) August 24, 2016Wow. Yet another example: HURT PEOPLE HURT PEOPLE. Intolerable trolling. So much ignorance & hate. I stand with #LeslieJones#LoveforLeslieJ— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) July 20, 2016Let’s turn our anger at trolls into love for Leslie Jones and into strategies to protect all the heroines who don’t deserve this bullshit— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 24, 2016I truly don’t know why people are so hateful towards @Lesdoggg. Why? She’s talented and wonderful. Why are people so pressed to be awful?— Gabby SidiBae (@GabbySidibe) August 24, 2016This @Lesdoggg attack is troubling. The rampant racism percolating in society right now is shameful and sad. She made a movie, that’s it!— octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) August 24, 2016I was terrified when I did SNL. Leslie Jones went out of her way to be open, warm, friendly, funny all week. She is a GEM.— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) August 25, 2016these acts against leslie jones….are sickening. its racist & sexist. it’s disgusting. this is hate crimes. this aint “kids joshing round”— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) August 24, 2016

Jones, quite understandably, has yet to publicly comment on the hack. During last month’s attack, she called on her followers to drown out the torrent of abuse from haters.

“Stop letting the ignorant people be the loud ones,” she wrote on Twitter. “I got more love than hate, but they louder. F— that. Be louder.”

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