Director Paul Feig Denounces ‘Vile, Misogynistic’ Response to All-Female Ghostbusters
Before director Paul Feig announced the all-star cast of his all-female Ghostbusters reboot, he tweeted this message to those who weren’t happy about his decision to revive the comedy film series:
Happy New Year to everybody, even the Ghostbusters reboot haters. I love you all. I promise I will try not to ruin your childhoods. #iswear
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) December 31, 2014
During a SXSW panel about his new film Spy, starring future Ghostbuster Melissa McCarthy (the other three are Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon), Feig elaborated on that sentiment and fired back at the (mostly) men who are somehow angry about the new version.
“The Internet is really funny — I love it, but I hate it at the same time,” Feig said in comments reported by Variety. “The first wave when you make an announcement like that is overwhelmingly positive. Everyone’s so happy and you’re like, This is great. Then comes the second wave and you’re like, Oh my God. Some of the most vile, misogynistic shit I’ve ever seen in my life.”
“The biggest thing I’ve heard for the last four months is, ‘Thanks for ruining my childhood,” Feig added. “It’s going to be on my tombstone when I die. It’s so dramatic. Honestly, the only way I could ruin your childhood is if I got into a time machine and went back and made you an orphan.”
The director of Bridesmaids and co-creator of Freaks and Geeks also weighed in for the first time on the news that Sony Pictures is developing an additional male-driven Ghostbusters movie with Channing Tatum attached to produce and possibly star.
“Who knew there were so many ghosts to be busted in the world?” he joked, saying he’s “heard some rumblings” about the other Ghostbusters film. “All I know is my ladies are going to kick ass and I would not want to go into battle without them.”
[h/t The Mary Sue]
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