The upcoming female-led “Ghostbusters” reboot has been the subject of backlash since its announcement, a backlash that has only grown with the release of photos and trailers from the film. Negative comments are par for the course online, especially in regards to movie reboots, but this Paul Feig-directed work in particular has been a real focal point for all that negativity.
Melissa McCarthy, who stars in the film Kristen Wigg, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, hasn’t spoken much about the reaction. She finally offered some words this week during an interview with The Guardian, saying:
“All those comments – ‘You’re ruining my childhood!’ I mean, really…Four women doing any movie on earth will destroy your childhood? I have a visual of those people not having a [my husband] Ben, not having friends, so they’re just sitting there and spewing hate into this fake world of the internet. I just hope they find a friend.”
Feig also recently took time to address the issue, distraught over how the fan base has become divided on the matter:
“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 sh– I’ve ever seen in my life.”
The film is currently slated for a July 22nd release.