Ghostbusters director Paul Feig has refused to confirm whether Kate McKinnon’s paranormal investigator is gay or not.
And he has sort of blamed the studio, Sony.
Feig, who headed up the all-female reboot of the franchise, was asked about how Holtzmann who spends the majority of her time shamelessly flirting with Kristin Wiig’s Erin.
McKinnon, who is well known for her hilarious starring roles in Saturday Night Live, is gay in real life.
Here’s a snippet from Feig’s interview with The Daily Beast.
I ask Feig: Is Holtzmann gay?
He pauses, smiling. “What do you think?”
I’d like to think yes, I say. He offers a grinning, silent nod. “I hate to be coy about it,” he offers. “But when you’re dealing with the studios and that kind of thing…” He shrugs apologetically.
“You know, Kate is who she is and I love the relationship between Kate and Melissa’s characters,” he says. “I think it’s a very interesting, close relationship. If you know Kate at all she’s this kind of pansexual beast where it’s just like everybody who’s around her falls in love with her and she’s so loving to everybody she’s around. I wanted to let that come out in this character.”
Ghostbusters has already had to deal with the onslaught of criticism from people angry at the reboot featuring women in the title roles. So if they’re already getting criticized, why not make it even more progressive?
The fact is it’s a PG-13 film and studios are terrified of making sure a film stays palatable to audiences. And that means LGBTI characters are dampened down, pretending like they don’t exist. But for 2016 audiences that want to see themselves on screen, it’s no longer enough.
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