The Saturday Night Live star defended her Ghostbusters role via Twitter Thursday night, after the character's depiction in the recently released trailer was accused of being racially insensitive.
Social media users pointed out that film's leading white actresses – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon – play scientists, while Jones' character is an MTA employee.
So, #Ghostbusters can re-imagine the whole squad as women, but making a BW a scientist was just too out there?— Mia McKenzie (@miamckenzie) March 3, 2016
The black character not knowing "science stuff" but "knowing New York" yikes!! #Ghostbusters— Unnamed Insider (@Unnamedinsider) March 3, 2016
Seemingly surprised by the reaction, Jones tweeted, "Why can't a regular person be a Ghostbuster? I'm confused. And why can't I be the one who plays them? I am a performer. Just go see the movie!"
She added, "Regular People save the world everyday so if I'm the stereotype!! Then so be it!! We walk among Heroes and take them for granted."
Jones even responded to individual fans, making it clear to one Twitter user that her character isn't anybody's sidekick.
"I think many just want to see you shine as a full partner & not be relegated to sidekick. I hope it's the case and I can't wait!" Emily Johnston tweeted at the comedian.
Jones responded bluntly, "@ekjohnston the trailer did not show that at all the trailer three different type of women getting together how the f--- you see side kick."
Earlier in the week, Ghostbusters screenplay writer Katie Dippold explained the virtues of Jones' character at a special trailer screening at the Cary Grant Theater on the Sony Pictures lot in Los Angeles.
"It was also important for us to have the everyman, like in the original," Dippold said. "Because we talked to so many physicists trying to download us on science. I just listened to people talk and [said], ‘What? What are you saying to me?’ It's fun to see, just like in the original, the person that I relate to listening to these three nerdy scientists."
That everyman character in the 1984 original film was played by Ernie Hudson, also the only African-American character in the Ghostbusters.