#GhostbustersSoWhite - New Ghostbusters trailer sparks controversy over uneducated black character
Published 04/03/2016 | 10:07
The new Ghostbusters reboot trailer has finally landed but not everyone is happy.
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.
Ghostbusters looks awesome. Already shipping Kate and Kristen. But, why is the black lady is the one who is like "science? what's that?"— Lucy Hallowell (@lucyhallowell) March 3, 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.
Not sure why Leslie Jones has to play the street character who hooks up the team with a pimped ride à la X to the Z Xzibit. #Ghostbusters— trey taylor (@treytylor) March 3, 2016
It's really cool that, in 30 years, the number of black ppl allowed to star in a #Ghostbusters flick has gone from one to one.— Marc Rivers (@marcarivers) March 3, 2016
So the three white characters are scientists and the black one is a subway worker? The black character is the add-on AGAIN?! #Ghostbusters— Anita Singh (@anitathetweeter) March 3, 2016
so the three white ladies are scientists/engineers but the black lady isnt?..ooooh #ghostbusterssowhite— Mr Furiosa (@MrF1978) March 3, 2016
Big fan of Ghostbusters attempting to be progressive by casting an all female cast but then making the only black character loud/uneducated— Jake. (@YedIin) March 3, 2016
Nobody making Ghostbusters thought having the one black character not be a Scientist but an MTA worker might be problematic?— BirdLikeBats (@birdlikebats) March 3, 2016
so stoked to see the new ghostbusters trailer & then womp. the one Black character fulfills the sassy black woman trope. so disappointing.— ceit. (@buernorkie) March 3, 2016