Why Sony Made “Ghostbusters” Be Coy About The Sexuality of Kate McKinnon’s Character

Director Paul Feig ain't afraid of no ghosts. Lesbians, however, are another matter.

Kate McKinnon is a big ol’ lesbian. This is not a spoiler for anyone who’s read an interview with her or watched her on Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show.

But is her specter-slamming character in the new Ghostbusters reboot gay as well? That’s a little harder to pin down.

Director Paul Feig has tried to avoid answering the question while promoting the film.


Asked point blank by the Daily Beast’s Jen Yamato, the Bridesmaids director replied “What do you think?”

Yamato replied that, yes, she thought McKinnon’s character, Jillian Holtzmann, was a lesbian. To which Feig gave a “silent nod” in response.


“I hate to be coy about it,” he explained. “But when you’re dealing with the studios and that kind of thing…”

We get that Sony, the studio releasing Ghostbusters, is trying to make it appealing to families—heck, maybe even launch a new franchise.

But the character, to quote Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan, is turned on by “nearly everything… including dangerous weaponry and her fellow Ghostbusters.”


So sexual humor and double entendres are fine in a PG movie, but a gay character isn’t?

When the first trailers for Ghostbusters hit the web, they got zapped worse than a poltergeist in the Empire State Building, but critics are giving the film a thumbs up. (It currently has a respectable 77% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.)

We applaud Sony for taking a gamble on a summer blockbuster with four female leads—two of whom are past 40—but don’t get scared now, guys.


h/t: Vulture

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.