Ghostbusters director Paul Feig told the Daily Beast that he was apprehensive about confirming the gayness of real-life queer lady Kate McKinnon's character, Holtzmann. He was afraid of how the higher-ups at Columbia Pictures (and its owner, Sony) might react.
“I hate to be coy about it," he said. "But when you’re dealing with the studios and that kind of thing…” He shrugged, and then continued: “You know, Kate is who she is and I love the relationship between Kate and Melissa’s characters,” he says. “I think it’s a very interesting, close relationship. If you know Kate at all she’s this kind of pansexual beast where it’s just like everybody who’s around her falls in love with her and she’s so loving to everybody she’s around. I wanted to let that come out in this character.”
In the movie, Holtzmann does openly flirt with and suggestively wink at fellow Ghostbuster Erin, played by Kristen Wiig. This comes in a year when queerness continues to be toned down for blockbusters, and many TV writers are being accused of queerbaiting.
Because, apparently, movies with queer characters are never successful and Kate McKinnon has never played a widely loved queer person on SNL nor been queer in a major movie before. Sigh, this is so a L Word plot circa 2008.