Is IMDb Hating On ‘Ghostbusters’ Star Leslie Jones?
She’s in all of the trailers and film teases. Promotional posters? Yep, she’s there alongside her fellow ghost-busting squad.
So why isn’t Leslie Jones credited on IMDb’s front page, which details the immediate and major information about the upcoming Ghostbusters film?
In fact, you have to click the “See Full Cast” hyperlink to discover her name placed in the 17th slot following “Security Guard” and a random “Chinese Delivery Guy” cast as “Benny.”
Inquiring minds are questioning the method behind this listing, and why one of the four main characters is—for lack of a better word—ghost on a platform known for being the TV, film, and production “bible?”
According to IMDb, Leslie’s star power hasn’t quite reached the peak of her fellow cast mates. Whomp.
As with everything else, industry politics play a part in whose name appears where. With IMDb, their STARmeter is a custom system designed to use proprietary algorithms that “take into account measures of popularity for people, titles and companies. The primary measure is who and what people are looking at on IMDb,” and the rankings are updated weekly.
While IMDb’s system lowers the credit Jones should receive, the Ghostbusters official film page lists the Saturday Night Live cast member and stand-up comedian, appropriately.