Late last week, actor/comedian/ SNL cast member Leslie Jones took to Twitter to respond to the controversy swirling around her role in the forthcoming Ghostbusters reboot. Namely to shut down what she saw as condescending criticism that revolved around the fact that the film replaced the original's four scientists with three white scientists and one black MTA employee -- a role played by Jones.


Beginning with a heartfelt letter from Joanna Briley, an actual MTA employee who wrote about feeling invisible despite being a college-educated triple-threat, Jones segwayed into some tweets that revolved around the idea of "Why can't a regular person be a ghostbuster? I'm confused."




As Mic points out, while black women are the most underrepresented demographic in STEM careers, that doesn't mean women who work for the MTA (41% are black and 17% have either a college degree or more) aren't also worthy of humanizing representation in mainstream media. And while Jones as a scientist had the potential to be a big leap forward for media representation of WOC, she in no way thinks of her own role as menial; as evidenced by her retweets.

[h/t Mic]

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