Comedian Leslie Jones has been on the receiving end for major online harassment for the past few days, but she is receiving support from an original Ghostbuster.
Dan Aykroyd sat with ET Canada for an interview on Tuesday, where he complimented Jones’ career beyond her work as one of the lead characters in the Ghostbusters reboot. While the film has been scoring mixed-to-positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB, the film has received a lot of misogynistic criticism for its female cast. Jones recently quit Twitter after a great deal of additionally-racist insults were sent her way.
When asked about the criticism towards Jones in particular, Ackroyd went full throttle as he described her haters as “insignificant gnats,” with “no lives of their own”:
“I would say you’re looking at obese white men between 50 and 60 who are active Klan members, or members of the Aryan Nation, and there are millions of them. I’m afraid to say that contingency will be voting for the Republican ticket, pretty much that’s what the statistics are indicating…”
Comedy filmmaker Judd Apatow also said in the past that the most likely people who are using sexist, racially-charged rhetoric to slam the movie are likely to be supporters of Donald Trump. Conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos was banned for life from Twitter yesterday after aggressively mocking Jones, and his followers joined him in criticizing her performance.
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