Sony Pictures has deleted a controversial tweet from the official Ghostbusters account that was widely interpreted as supporting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Originally posted Wednesday, a day after Clinton officially became the first female nominee of a major political party, the tweet said, “Boo-yah, we smashed your glass ceiling. There was a ghost behind it. #ImWithHer #BustTheCeiling #Ghostbusters.” The tweet was accompanied by a GIF of Dr. Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) winking, along with a second message: “2016 — The year we busted ghosts and the glass ceiling. #ImWithThem.”
In a statement to EW, a Sony spokesperson said, “The tweet was never intended to be a political endorsement. It was a shout-out to our own glass ceiling-busters.”
Ever since the studio’s female-led Ghostbusters reboot was announced, the project has been accused – mostly by a small, vocal minority – of having a feminist agenda. And while the tweet did not mention Clinton by name, the hashtag #ImWithHer is closely linked to her campaign.
Though Sony attempted to distance itself from the tweet,Ghostbusters director Paul Feig stood by it. “I guarantee that none of us – producers or filmmakers – would have taken this tweet down,” he told The Wrap on Friday.
“We are pro-woman and all about smashing the glass ceiling, and we support the message of this deleted tweet,” he added. “And I personally am very much pro-Hillary.”
A screenshot of the deleted tweet can be seen below.