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SNL's Leslie Jones shuts down Ghostbusters controversy

Leah Prinzivalli writes about pop culture, beauty and health and has interviewed some of your favorite reality stars. She has been published in VICE, Reductress, The Toast, The Frisky, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat, l...

Leslie Jones isn't here for your PCness over her Ghostbusters character

The Ghostbusters remake has been inspiring opinions and think pieces since it was announced. With the release of the trailer, a new controversy over political correctness is brewing — this time, over Leslie Jones' MTA-worker character.

Critics were quick to label the film problematic as Jones, the only lead character of color, plays an MTA worker alongside three white scientists (Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig.) Bustle's Kadeen Griffiths wrote, "...the fact that the only woman of color on the Ghostbusters team is also the only member of the team who isn't a scientist or any sort of expert in this field is particularly grating to modern audiences." HitFix worried that Jones would play a "sassy sidekick."

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For her part, Jones says fans and critics are overly sensitive. "Why can't a regular person be a ghostbuster," she tweeted. She retweeted a comment reminding fans that "ghostbusters" is a fake job and, therefore, probably not worth getting worked up about.

While certainly taking the time to defend herself, Jones also makes it clear that she's not taking angry comments to heart. She tweeted, "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!"

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If this semi-controversy isn't enough to get you to the theater, maybe Jones' pride in her work will do the job. Ghostbusters hits theaters July 15.

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Leslie Jones isn't here for your PCness over her Ghostbusters character
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