Paul Feig Defends Leslie Jones' "Ghostbusters" Role Amid Racial Controversy
"When you attack and insult my cast, you've crossed the line," the director tweeted. "Grow up and leave my cast alone."
The first trailer for the upcoming Ghostbusters remake dropped to a mix of emotions last week. While some fans were excited, many criticized the clip for its depiction of Leslie Jones' character, slamming the role as racist.
In the movie, Jones plays an MTA worker, while her white co-stars — Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon — play scientists, a discrepancy with which some viewers took issue. Others accused Jones' character of perpetuating the stereotype of the sassy black woman.
Jones spoke out in defense of her role last week.
Yesterday, the film's director Paul Feig came to Jones' defense after she threatened to quit Twitter amid the backlash.
Today, the international trailer for Ghostbusters arrived and it includes a brief scene that seemingly nods to the recent controversy: Jones' character screams, "OK, I don’t know if it was a race thing or a lady thing, but I’m mad as hell."
Ghostbusters heads to theaters on July 15.