Paul Feig Responds To 'Vile, Misogynistic' All-Female 'Ghostbusters' Backlash
For a brief moment in time in January, fans of amazing comedy and busting ghosts were given four reasons to be insanely, deliriously happy -- Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, and Kristen Wiig, who were announced as Paul Feig's cast of all-female "Ghostbusters." Scream.
...And then out of nowhere, director Ivan Reitman went ahead and announced a decidedly more male, Channing Tatum-led "Ghostbusters" that would follow Feig's awesome lady version. And Feig himself was apparently just as surprised as the rest of us.
"I’d heard some rumblings about it,” Feig told Variety. “Who knew there were so many ghosts to be busted in the world? All I know is my ladies are going to kick ass, and I would not want to go into battle without them.”
BOOM. Not to sound too biased, but that was pretty much the perfect response to a situation the Internet very quickly spiraled out of control, responding to a perhaps perceived notion that an "all-male" "Ghostbusters" was superseding the all-female version. And as MTV News discovered, that may -- or may not -- be the case at all.
However this all falls out, though, the all-female version is still going forward, and with it a far amount of vitriol from certain sections of the Internet.
"The Internet is really funny -- I love it, but I hate it at the same time,” Feig said. “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 s--t 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 continued. "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 then added that he's constantly surprised by the profiles of his Internet haters, whom he always assumes are teenagers, but typically end up being men who should really know better.
"Almost constantly, it’s someone who’s bio says, ‘Proud father of two!’ And has some high end job," Feig explained. "You’re raising children, and yet you’re bashing me about putting women in my movie?”
He has a point, bros. He has many, many points.