After Twitter blew up with hatred against the new Ghostbusters trailer, director Paul Feig has come out in the defence of his star Leslie Jones after some Twitter users called her character stereotypical, among other things.
The uncommonly harsh reaction to the trailer left Jones mulling over the thought of quitting Twitter but Fieg urged the actor to stick around and not worry about haters.
Watch the trailer here (which we quite liked)
Some users noted that Jones plays a common MTA employee while white actors Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon are scientists.
And haters, attack me all you want but when you attack and insult my cast, you've crossed the line. Grow up and leave my cast alone.— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) March 8, 2016
Calling Jones, “a goddess & one of the warmest, funniest forces of nature”, Feig shot back on Twitter, “And haters, attack me all you want but when you attack and insult my cast, you’ve crossed the line. Grow up and leave my cast alone.”
I think today will be the day I get rid of Twitter. Gonna really be thinking on it. Not sure I want to need it anymore. Know what I mean?— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) March 8, 2016
“Why can’t a regular person be a ghostbuster. Regular People save the world everyday so if I’m the stereotype!! (sic) Then so be it!! We walk among Heroes and take them for granted,” wrote Jones.
Hey I just want everyone to know that I really am not taking anything to heart what's being said by haters. There will always be haters.— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) March 7, 2016
Haters make me work sooo hard real talk. I just love giving shit back to shit talkers cause for somebody got to said it. Might as well be me— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) March 7, 2016
That's why this forum is a curse and a blessing everyone gets to say what they feel even if it is mean.You got to take the good with the bad— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) March 7, 2016
P.S. Always love your haters they keep you on your game. And aware of how bomb you are. if you wasn't they wouldn't give you the attention!— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) March 7, 2016
“I’m playing a hardworking woman. The regular one that rep the people. You guys are the racists by labeling her a lowly MTA worker. Not me. Doesn’t make her dumb or not needed (sic),” she noted.
In quick damage control, the makers immediately released a new trailer for the movie, which seems to address the racism issue while also giving an extended look at the receptionist Kevin, played by Thor star Chris Hemsworth, who is the biggest star in the cast.
Watch the new trailer here
Here are some of the reactions to the Ghostbusters trailer
Oh, the new Ghostbusters movie is ruining your childhood? My mom told me she was "Jewish by Injection" when I was 8.— Desi (@DesiJed) March 8, 2016
I understand the anger over the new Ghostbusters. There was no reason to withdraw the original from circulation and burn the negative.— Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz) March 6, 2016
The new GHOSTBUSTERS doesn't look so great but GHOSTBUSTERS was always a pile of garbage aimed at 6 year olds.— scharpling (@scharpling) March 6, 2016
I pinned down my issue with the Ghostbusters trailer:— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) March 5, 2016
If the other movies didn't exist, this doesn't look like a movie I'd want to see.
The next Ghostbusters will just be women saying they're gonna get ghosts but blasting dudes instead and returning the world to matriarchy.— Jen Kirkman (@JenKirkman) March 5, 2016
There's only one way to make the Ghostbusters reboot good... pic.twitter.com/rRFyWjtsra— Bad Father Han Solo (@BadFatherHan) March 5, 2016
If people took politics as seriously as they took Ghostbusters we wouldn’t be in this mess.— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) March 4, 2016
I'm still going to watch the new Ghostbusters. If I didn't watch movies with racist tropes, I'd only be able to watch like 6 movies.— Solomon Georgio (@solomongeorgio) March 4, 2016
I don’t need fimemsms female ghostbusters? what next, women doing other jobs??????????— WomanAgainstFeminism (@NoToFeminism) March 4, 2016
A lot of young, angry/sad men seem to be blaming the Ghostbusters reboot for, like, everything.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) March 4, 2016
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