'Ghostbusters' Director Defends Leslie Jones in Race Controversy

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Director Paul Feig (L) defends “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones

‘Ghostbusters’: Leslie Jones Fires Back at Race Backlash

Leslie Jones is at the center of the latest Hollywood race controversy, and she wants nothing to do with it.

The “Ghostbusters” star’s casting as an MTA employee had Twitter commentators complaining she got a stereotypical role while the white actresses — Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon — play scientists.

Jones Tweeted back: “Why can’t a regular person be a ghostbuster. Im confused. And why can’t i be the one who plays them i am a performer. Just go see the movie!”

She then wrote she was thinking of leaving Twitter, saying, “Not sure I want to need it anymore.”

‘Ghostbusters’: Director Paul Feig Defends Leslie Jones

Then film’s director Paul Feig then jumped to her defense.

“Haters, attack me all you want but when you attack and insult my cast, you’ve crossed the line,” Feig Tweeted. “Grow up and leave my cast alone.”

An updated trailer for the film, which also stars Chris Hemsworth, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Elizabeth Perkins and Sigourney Weaver, was released Wednesday. Take a peek below.  “Ghostbusters” opens July 15.