Fans of the world-acclaimed movie allege that the new version is racist.
Thirty years after the much-loved original franchise took the world by storm, the sequel made its long-awaited reboot with an all female cast. When the film’s trailer debuted this Thursday, fans who watched the two-minute video quickly took to social media to share their disappointments. They claimed the movie is “racist” because it “lacks diversity”.
Why does the Ghostbusters’ token character always have to be black? That’s racist! #Ghostbusters
— PCobbs (@pcobbsthoughts) March 5, 2016
Is it me or based on trailer the Ghostbuster film looks kinda racist. Three white scientists and Lisa Jones is the street girl I’ll pass
— Mark Harris (@1555FILMWORKS) March 4, 2016
Also I think it’s bad & a bit racist that the token black member of the group is a street wise subway employee. #ghostbusters
— Mike stride (@what_mike_said) March 3, 2016
The backlash comes after clips from the trailer show a character played by black actress Leslie Jones, as the only hero who is not a scientist. Jones, who is the only black member, is shown as a subway worker from New York. She joins three other characters played by Melissa McCarthy and Kristin Wiig as authors for a book about ghosts, and Kate McKinnon (a nuclear engineer) on a quest to save the city from being invaded by ghosts.
The decision to make a sequel was also heavily criticised by the public last year when Sony Pictures revealed four female actors will replace the 1984 original cast: Dan Aykoryd, Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis, Billy Murray.
Actress Jones, also a comedian on Saturday Night Live, responded to critics via twitter saying the movie is not about race or science but it is simply about ghosts.
ITS NOT A MAN, WOMAN, RACE, CLASS THANG!! ITS A GHOSTBUSTER THANG!! AND AS FAR AS IM CONCERNED WE ALL GHOSTBUSTERS!! STAND TALL!!
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) March 4, 2016
In support of her art, many of Jones’ fans came to her defence, with several tweeting that they cannot wait to see the full movie. One mother posted that her daughters have been ‘inspired by her role,” while others said she delivered an incredible performance.
— Daniel Herrera (@Danny_Lovegood) March 5, 2016
Sony Pictures announced on Monday that it will release more Ghostbusters sequels under its new production company Ghost Corps, to capitalise on the film’s name through TV shows, merchandise and upcoming movies. The new movie is due for release this summer.
Sub-Edited: Busi Ndlovu & Anushka Gurnaney