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#GhostbustersSoWhite - New Ghostbusters trailer sparks controversy over uneducated black character

Published 04/03/2016 | 10:07

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The new Ghostbusters reboot trailer has finally landed but not everyone is happy.

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While the main bone of contention up until now for some (some would say sexist) fans has been the all-female casting, it's a different issue causing controversy today, and it relates to the portrayal of the only black character.

The general consensus is that the new trailer channels the spirit and the energy of the 1984 original.

Director Paul Feig has assembled a cast of Saturday Night Live queens with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones as the Ghostbusting quarter.

While the three white characters are portrayed as educated scientists, the black character is a subway worker.

In the original film there was a similar dynamic with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis playing scientists while Ernie Hudson's character was an ordinary guy.

However, that was 1984 and fans have taken to social media to question why the racial stereotyping persists in 2016.

In fairness, it's just the trailer and there may well be something a bit more surprising up Feig's sleeve for actress Leslie Jones.  We'll find out when Ghostbusters releases on July 15.

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