Paul Feig’s female-led Ghostbusters reboot has been drawing criticism from fanboys since it was announced. But stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon aren't letting sexist ire from so-called fans break their ghost-busting stride.
In honor of Ghostbusters Day — the 32nd anniversary of the 1984 film's release — the new cast made an appearance on Wednesday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Kimmel got right to the point, asking the ladies about those "guys who have very empty lives" and say they don't want an all-female reboot "because only men can fight imaginary ghosts in a make-believe movie."
McCarthy quickly responded, "What they don't say when they're typing is that one minute after they type that, their moms are like, ‘Get upstairs and take out the garbage! You're 45 years old!'"
Even original Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson — who "surprised" the new cast during a round of Game Night — praised the lady Ghostbusters for their very funny movie. (Surprisingly, these old men did not fade into oblivion upon meeting their female counterparts.)
"We're really, really happy," Aykroyd, who cowrote the original with the late Harold Ramis, said about his reaction after watching the
movie feminist propaganda film. "These women performers are great and all the guys in the movie are just fine, too."
"The girls are amazing and really, really funny," Hudson shared.
Oh good. See? Men and women can watch and enjoy this film. Heck, even Bill Murray, the original parapsychologist, loved it! "I couldn't be happier. These girls did a really good job," he told Kimmel, before praising Feig's casting.
"It was only because these girls were funny," he added. "When you see the film, you think, ‘Are these girls gonna pull it off?' There's no quit in these girls. This is a tough movie to pull off, it's a big concept, there's a lot on the plate, there's a lot of expectations."
And yet, these ladies did in fact pull it off — and we can't wait to see them bust some paranormal ass come July 15. Until then, we, like the Ghostbusters themselves, choose to awesomely dance the sexist hate away.