In her review, The Daily Beast's Jen Yamato referred to McKinnon's character, a glorious weirdo named Holtzmann, as a "probably-gay gearhead" who just so happens to be the film's "secret weapon." Part of the character's appeal stems from Holtzmann's brazen sexuality and zero-fucks-given attitude. She's flirtatious; everything and everyone turns her on, from proton packs to Kristen Wiig's character, Erin.
However, Holtzmann's sexuality is never explicitly defined in the film. When asked by The Daily Beast if McKinnon's character is gay, Feig artfully dodged the question, instead asking Yamato, "What do you think?"
Yamato said she thought Holtzmann was gay, and Feig gave a "grinning, silent nod" in response: "I hate to be coy about it... But when you’re dealing with the studios and that kind of thing..."
"You know, Kate is who she is and I love the relationship between Kate and Melissa’s characters," he explained. "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."
It's one thing to create a lovable character -- and Holtzmann undoubtedly fits the bill. At the end of the day, she isn't defined by her sexuality. She's a badass engineer who busts ghosts for a living. End of story. But if Holtzmann was conceived as a pansexual character, then why shouldn't the film celebrate that? Given the dearth of LGBTQ representation in major movies, it seems like a major missed opportunity to celebrate diversity.
It's especially disheartening that Feig, the film's co-writer and director, has to say things like "I hate to be coy about it" in response to a question about his character's sexuality because of potential studio pressure.