If you’ve seen the new Ghostbusters movie (or even just the trailer), you know that there are a few scenes where Kate McKinnon’s character, engineer Jillian Holtzmann, flirts with Kristen Wiig’s character, physicist Erin Gilbert — including one very memorable, gif-able wink.
In a recent interview with the Daily Beast, Ghostbusters director Paul Feig implied that just like Kate McKinnon — who is the first openly gay woman to be a cast member on SNL — Jillian is gay.
“I wasn’t like, ‘And now you should wink at them.’ This is stuff that is coming out of Kate! That’s why you connect with those characters. They’re playing versions of themselves. That’s what makes a comedic actor fantastic, when that personality comes out. That’s why it’s so terrible when writer-directors say, ‘Stick to the script!’ Why would you hire these people who have these enormous personalities and then just cut them off?” Feig said.
However, Feig refused to give a direct answer to the question of Jillian’s sexuality.
“I hate to be coy about it,” he said when asked. “But when you’re dealing with the studios and that kind of thing…”
While we love that Kate McKinnon was able to be herself while acting in Ghostbusters, we really wish that Feig and the studios would have let her character be openly out instead of hiding her sexuality in hints and jokes. Representation matters, and there are far too few openly LGBTQ characters onscreen — let alone in major blockbusters like Ghostbusters.
When the first Ghostbusters trailer came out, some people thought that it hinted at a romance between Jillian and Erin — and it’s frustrating that that romance isn’t treated as a very real possibility.
A quick scroll through Twitter makes it very clear that there are plenty of people who would have been thrilled if McKinnon’s character was openly gay:
Ladies, if you’re even a one on the Kinsey scale, you’ll leave Ghostbusters with a massive crush on Kate McKinnon.
— Jenni Miller (@msjennimiller) July 10, 2016
who is going to take me to see ghostbusters again so i may see my wife, kate mckinnon
— arabelle sicardi (@arabellesicardi) July 17, 2016
Insecure dudes: this Ghostbusters movie is WAY less about the feminist agenda than it is the gay agenda. I meAN, have u seen kate mckinnon?
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) July 17, 2016
Falling asleep thinking of Kate McKinnon’s opening line to Kristen Wiig in Ghostbusters
— Kate Leth (@kateleth) July 15, 2016
Not only was Ghostbusters hilarious but I lost my mind thinking about a little queer kid seeing Kate McKinnon in this movie.
— GABY DUNN (@gabydunn) July 17, 2016