Paul Feig Defends Leslie Jones' Role in 'Ghostbusters': "Grow Up and Leave My Cast Alone"

Paul Feig and Leslie Jones
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"Regular People save the world everyday so if I'm the sterotype!! Then so be it!! We walk among Heroes and take them for granted."

Paul Feig took to Twitter to defend his Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones.

"You are a goddess & one of the warmest funniest forces of nature I know. F--- the haters," the director tweeted Tuesday. "And haters, attack me all you want but when you attack and insult my cast, you've crossed the line. Grow up and leave my cast alone."

Feig came to the actress' defense after a backlash erupted regarding her character's depiction in the comedy's trailer. Users noted last Thursday that her role as an MTA employee — opposite white actresses Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon, who play scientists — was stereotypical.

"Why can't a regular person be a ghostbuster," Jones asked on Twitter at the time, after sharing a note of gratitude from an actual MTA worker for her character. "Regular People save the world everyday so if I'm the sterotype!! [sic] Then so be it!! We walk among Heroes and take them for granted."

The Saturday Night Live comedian went on to defend her role to individual users' criticisms, and retweeted others who supported her role.

"I'm playing a hardworking woman.Theregular one that rep the people. You guys are the racists by labeling her a lowly MTA worker.Notme," she continued. "Doesn't make her [character] dumb or not needed."

Though Jones initially embraced the conversation around her role, she noted on Tuesday that she is debating leaving Twitter — a note that led to Feig's words.

See a sampling of their tweets below.

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