The response to the first trailer for Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot was mixed, with many people heaping praise onto the new vision for the Ghostbusters and others sharing their derision. But one criticism that popped up was a bit of a surprise and it concerned Leslie Jones’ Patty. Many were unhappy that the one person of color on the team just happened to be a “street wise” normal person, with some reviews like one on Hitfix calling it dated.
Entertainment Weekly cites Ernie Hudson’s heartbreaking essay on Ghostbusters to highlight why this criticism seems to hit a little harder than the typical chatter surrounding the film:
“I look back on Ghostbusters in a very fun way, but it’s got so many mixed feelings and emotions attached to it,” Hudson wrote in a first-person piece about Ghostbusters for EW. “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.”
He added, “The night before filming begins, however, I get this new script and it was shocking. The character was gone. Instead of coming in at the very beginning of the movie, like page eight, the character came in on page 68 after the Ghostbusters were established. 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.”