Oh, those brave Hollywood souls.
They march up to the Oscar podium wearing the latest chic ribbon. They make movies with political themes of which 98 percent of their chums approve. They dare to “ugly up” for the chance at awards season glory.
Yet they uniformly fall silent when they learn a major studio wouldn’t dare make a Ghostbuster gay.
We learned this week that Kate McKinnon’s character in the “Ghostbusters” reboot is a lesbian. Well, she’s meant to be, according to the film’s director, Paul Feig.
McKinnon, who is gay in real life, portrays Liz Holtzmann as a true live wire who sorta, kinda flirts with Kristen Wiig’s character in the film’s first half.
Parent company Sony wouldn’t let them go any further, says Feig.
Yet, unfortunately, it doesn’t look as if Sony will be making Holtzmann a canon gay character anytime soon. When The Daily Beast’s Jen Yamato broached the subject with Feig himself, he appeared to confirm it as so with a “grinning, silent nod”; but quickly followed up with, “I hate to be coy about it. But when you’re dealing with the studios and that kind of thing… “
So, while Feig, his cast and virtually every member of the media have been slagging “haters” for doubting the “Ghostbusters” reboot, no one’s outraged over keeping a Ghostbuster in the closet?
Heck, even The Independent is ready to run cover for Sony:
Though it’s inevitably frustrating to see Sony hesistant at such an opportunity for LGBT inclusion; thankfully, studio acknowledgement isn’t particularly necessary when it comes to an audience’s connection with Holtzmann herself.
Maybe celebrities aren’t as brave as they appear.
In other news:
- Women Are Better: Gal Gadot, the actress who will bring Wonder Woman to the big screen next year, insists only a female director could have helmed the project for maximum impact.
- Trump in Charge: Who says the GOP has a celebrity deficit? Scott Baio tapped to speak at the RNC convention on behalf of Donald Trump.
- Now They Tell Us: Variety asks if “Ghostbusters” was too pricey to spark a franchise? Little late now, no?
- Breaking Apology: “The Infiltrator” star Bryan Cranston doesn’t even remember if he actually said something that could have been interpreted as a slight. But he’s very, truly sorry all the same.
- Name That Party!: The Hollywood Reporter tells us all about a “conservative” street artist mocking Hillary Clinton. Do “liberal” street artists ever get their ideology name checked?
- Queue You: Here’s your complete Comic-Con guide. Also known as, “2,400 ways to kill time while waiting in line.
- New Han: Alden Ehrenreich officially went public as the new, young Han Solo. Marty McFly immediately hands him a piece of paper not to be opened for 30-plus years.
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