Original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd has seen the Ghostbusters reboot starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones -- and guess what: It didn't ruin his childhood. In fact, the actor, who co-wrote Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II with Harold Ramis, even said Paul Feig's Ghostbusters "has more laughs and more scares" than the originals.
Writing on his Facebook page, Aykroyd praised the "brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male" after watching a test screening. He even jokingly teased Bill Murray's cameo appearance in the film. (Murray notoriously refused to appear in a third Ghostbusters movie, which indefinitely stalled Aykroyd's sequel plans.)
"As one of millions of man-fans and Ray Stantz, I'm paying to see that and bringing all my friends," Aykroyd added. (For what it's worth, Aykroyd also has a cameo in the female-led reboot.)
There you have it. The guy who helped create the entire franchise loves the new film. So then why is Feig's Ghostbusters still drawing so much sexist fan ire? The reaction to the film's very existence has been overwhelmingly negative from the jump. Some fans (mostly men) are even boycotting the new film. These are the same manbabies who helped the Ghostbusters trailer become the most disliked YouTube trailer of all time.
It's hard to tell whether Aykroyd's opinion will sway these hardcore Ghostbusters "fans" (probably not), but at least it confirms one thing: People with dicks can, and will, enjoy this movie. And if they don't? Who cares. We need to keep putting women in roles that make people uncomfortable -- until they don't anymore.