Paul Feig on Female Ghostbusters Casting Backlash: “Vile, Misogynistic Sh*t”
Paul Feig is responding to the intense backlash to his recent announcement of a female-centered Ghostbusters movie with Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy. In a new Variety interview, the director reveals just how bad the attacks have been.
Talking about the reaction to the new Ghostbusters cast, Feig tells the outlet, “The Internet is really funny – I love it, but I hate it at the same time. 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*t I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Apparently, a lot of people are furious about the project. In many cases, the rage is not just over the casting of women in the central roles, but also reflects a bizarre belief that the new film will somehow destroy the legacy of the original Ghostbusters starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. “The biggest thing I’ve heard for the last four months is, ‘Thanks for ruining my childhood.’ It’s going to be on my tombstone when I die,” Feig tells Variety. “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.”
Feig is baffled by the response, especially given some of the people attacking him. The director says he looks at the Twitter profiles of his detractors. He explains, “I figure it’s some [whacked] out teenager. But almost constantly it’s someone whose bio says, ‘Proud father of two!’ And has some high end job. You’re raising children and yet you’re bashing me about putting women in my movie?” Pretty terrible. Are you looking forward to the new Ghostbusters?