For today’s lesson in how to deal with haters, let’s look to Leslie Jones.
The official “Ghostbusters” trailer landed on March 3, and so far, nearly 20 million people have watched it. That shows a lot of love out there for the all-female reboot featuring Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig. All but McCarthy are “Saturday Night Live” actresses (Wiig is an alum).
Jones — the only black actress of the leading cast — plays a New York MTA worker.
The indignation rose quickly because she’s the only one who’s not a scientist.
For some, it hearkened back to Ernie Hudson, who played Winston in the original series, and the essay he wrote in 2014 for Entertainment Weekly about how his character was changed.
“When I originally got the script, the character of Winston was amazing and I thought it would be career-changing. The character came in right at the very beginning of the movie and had an elaborate background: he was an Air Force major something, a demolitions guy. It was great. …
“The night before filming begins, however, I get this new script and it was shocking. The character was gone. … His elaborate background was all gone, replaced by me walking in and saying, ‘If there’s a steady paycheck in it, I’ll believe anything you say.’ So that was pretty devastating.”
But instead of caving under the negativity, Jones took to Twitter and basically told people to get a grip on reality.
“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!” she tweeted Sunday.
Earlier, she wrote: “I’m playing a hardworking woman. The regular one that rep the people. You guys are the racists by labeling her a lowly MTA worker. Not me.”
She got a lot of fans for her positivity.
And, for Jones, it has nothing to do with race, it’s just a “Ghostbuster Thang.”
She tweets: “Regular People save the world everyday so if I’m the stereotype!! Then so be it!! We walk among Heroes and take them for granted.”
If you’re one of the few who hasn’t seen the trailer yet, here you go.