Paul Feig is not new to Hollywood. In fact, the writer/actor/producer has been performing on television and movies since appearing on The Facts of Life. He started directing with 1997’s Life Sold Separately, and has gone on to direct critically acclaimed television shows like 30 Rock, The Office, and Mad Men, as well as blockbuster hits like Bridesmaids and The Heat. While he’s worked on numerous different projects over the years, it’s possible that none of them have seen as much scrutiny or online criticism as his latest film, Ghostbusters.
A complete reboot of the beloved franchise, this version will have a new group of all female Ghostbusters taking down paranormal threats. The cast is packed with talent: former Bridesmaids Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are reuniting, and will be joined by Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon — both of whom have proven their comedic chops on Saturday Night Live. This move to an all female cast has sparked an intense backlash on the Internet, and after months of chatter, Feig has apparently had enough.
In a series of tweets Wednesday night, Feig fired back at several online haters, refusing to censor himself against those who launched attacks against him, members of his cast, and the film itself. Feig’s responses covered everything from sexism to cameos to outright dismissal of inane comments. See a sample of his tweets below, or check out his Twitter page for the entire exchange:
God, you're tiresome, dude. https://t.co/MJHu3Vq9rh— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) September 23, 2015
I only announced @Ernie_Hudson as a cameo because our set was overrun by paparazzi. I really wanted these cameos to be surprises. Just FYI.— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) September 23, 2015
Feig — who is fairly active on social media — balanced out the insults on his feed during this interaction. In between his more defensive comments, he also expressed gratitude for support and elaborated on his exhaustion. He tweeted his fans: “I read all your tweets & love them. Thanks for the continuing support. I just suddenly hit the wall with the haters.”
While there has not been so much as a trailer to criticize, the online condemnation of Ghostbusters has been pervasive and overwhelmingly sexist. One only has to search #Ghostbusters on Twitter to see a slew of offensive tweets targeting not only the movie, but also Feig and members of the cast. Of course, arguing with people on Twitter is not the most effective way to resolve differences, but it is easy to imagine how being on the receiving end of such intense, often misogynistic outrage toward a film that hasn’t been released yet, one might hit the proverbial wall when it comes to “the haters”.
Ghostbusters will open in U.S. theaters on July 15th, 2016.
Source: The Wrap
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