The fact that Leslie Jones--the only African American actor in the new Ghostbusters movie--is playing the part of an MTA worker has been frowned upon by critics.
According to some, her role plays into racial stereotypes and is doing little for the image of African Americans. Jones took to Twitter to respond to the criticism.
"Why can't a regular person be a Ghostbuster," Jones tweeted. "I'm confused. And why can't I be the one who plays them I am a performer. Just go see the movie!"
She went on to assert that it was wrong to simply deconstruct the character into a "man, woman, race, class thang." Adding that "It's a Ghostbusters thang. And as far as I'm concerned, we all Ghostbusters!! Stand tall!!"
The nature of Jones' role was revealed in the first trailer for the film which was unveiled on March 3.
This is the least of Jones' admonition of the slew of criticism this revelation has invited. She also responded to some accusations one on one. Additionally, Jones also put out a note she received from an MTA clerk which stated that she was happy that someone was humanizing her life on the screen.
Finally she kind of put the whole thing to rest with this stellar tweet:
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
Ghostbusters will be released in theaters on July 15.
Check out the full Ghostbusters trailer below: