Leslie Jones reacts to criticism of 'Ghostbusters' character

LOS ANGELES -- Leslie Jones ain't afraid of no ghost -- or playing a transit worker.

The co-star of the upcoming all-female version of "Ghostbusters" took to Twitter to defend her role as a member of the paranormal-fighting group who appears in footage released Thursday to be an employee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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Why can't a regular person be a ghostbuster. Im confused. And why can't i be the one who plays them i am a performer. Just go see the movie!

— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) March 4, 2016

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.

— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) March 4, 2016

The portrayal of the team's only non-white member as a transit worker in filmmaker Paul Feig's new "Ghostbusters" came under fire on social media after the trailer debuted.

Jones' character Patty teams up to fight ghosts in the film with Melissa McCarthy's paranormal researcher Abby, Kristen Wiig's particle physicist Erin and Kate McKinnon's nuclear engineer Jillian.

In the original "Ghostbusters" movies, Ernie Hudson portrayed the team's only non-white member, Winston.

"Ghostbusters" is scheduled for release July 15.


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