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*
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