Yes, This Ghostbusters Character Is *Probably* Gay
After a whole lot of hoopla surrounding both the cast’s genders and its stars premiere attire (did you SEE Leslie Jones’s Pretty Woman makeover?), Ghostbusters was finally released to much fanfare yesterday following last weekend’s premiere.
There was one minor little detail, however, that had fans scratching their heads: Was Kate McKinnon’s character Jillian flirting with Kristen Wiig’s Erin? Was Jillian, in fact, gay?
Question: How many lesbians googled "Is Kate McKinnon gay?" after seeing #Ghostbusters?
Answer: All of them.
— Emily (@Girl_Genius) July 16, 2016
Turns out, the answer is… probably. As the first openly gay cast member of Saturday Night Live, director Paul Feig explains that Kate channeled many of her own experiences into the character. “I wasn’t like, ‘And now you should wink at them,’” he told The Daily Beast. “That stuff is coming out of Kate! That’s why you connect with those characters,” he says. “They’re playing versions of themselves.”
He goes on to say, “Kate is who she is, and I love the relationship between Kate and Melissa’s characters.” So do plenty of others: Just check out the below Tweet for proof!
The new Ghostbusters movie is in fact bad news for men, but only because Kate McKinnon has made every woman in this audience fully gay
— Liz Watson (@watsontots) July 16, 2016
The only problem? The movie’s studio wasn’t *quite* as comfortable putting a label on Jillian’s sexual preferences as the actress who played her.
When asked point blank if Jillian is gay, Feig is only able to offer the outlet a “What do you think?” along with a smiling nod. “I hate to be coy about it,” he says, “But when you’re dealing with studios and that kind of thing…”
Say no more, Paul! We get the pic. *wink emoji*
Are you surprised by Paul’s sort-of revelation? Share with us @BritandCo!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!