Paul Feig is a very gifted comedic writer and director who’s made a point over the last few years of making films and promoting projects that star funny women, so when news came that he was rebooting Ghostbusters with an all-female lead cast (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones) a lot of us found it refreshing. Instead of a weird, Harold Ramis-less (and possibly Bill Murray-less) attempt at a third film with the original cast, we’d be getting a jolt of new comedic energy, and a chance to see some very funny actresses work together on the big screen.
Of course, this being the Internet, a lot of people also weren’t happy about Feig’s move. Some of them are just grumps entrenched in nostalgia, others are sexist jerks, but either way there’s been a good bit of opposition to the film, and since Feig has a public Twitter page, he’s been getting a lot of crap about it throughout the film’s production.
Well, now that he’s done shooting Ghostbusters, Feig’s decided he’s had it with said crap. Last night, he let loose on a group of “fans” who wouldn’t stop ranting at him about the movie. First, he pointed out that no one’s actually seen the movie yet.
Then he tried to embrace the positive aspects of a new generation of Ghostbusters.
Then you should embrace a new generation getting their own version. GB is a positive force. Your negativity isn’t. https://t.co/MOKZpLLIBo— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) September 24, 2015
Then he just got mad.
Sure, you could make the argument that Feig should’ve been the bigger man and never fed the trolls in the first place, but put yourself in his shoes. He’s just trying to make a movie that he and his cast can be proud of, and that people can enjoy. He’s a comedy filmmaker. He wants to make people happy, and yet every day assholes on the internet decide to yell at him about it. You probably would’ve let them have it, too.
Ghostbusters opens July 15, 2016.