The ladies of the "Ghostbusters" remake have one awesome response to all the sexist bullshit they've been receiving lately: Haters gonna hate.
Actresses Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and director Paul Feig sat down with The New York Times' Dave Itzkoff recently to talk about the making of the movie and how they feel about the surprising backlash.
The film, which will be released next month, has caused quite an uproar with some moviegoers claiming this new remake will ruin the original, although remakes are pretty much the backbone of Hollywood. The onslaught of sexist reactions to the trailer, the film and the cast has been exhausting since the movie began promotion almost a year ago.
Wiig, Jones, McCarthy and McKinnon ain't got no time for the haters, though. The cast told Itzkoff:
Jones: To me, the people who are crying about, “This is ruining my childhood,” this movie is not for them anyway.
Wiig: They need to probably go to therapy.
McCarthy: I think their childhood was pretty much ruined already. If this broke it, it was pretty fragile to begin with. It is good to remember, it is a tiny, tiny fraction that screams. Normal, healthy people don’t stand outside, saying, “You’re ruining my childhood!” There’s one nut on every corner in every city that does it. But so what? The other 300,000 people in a town aren’t doing that.
McCarthy added that while they were filming she heard more about the young girls who were excited about the film than the sexist backlash. "When we were shooting, Paul would bring in pictures of young girls dressing up, and they had made their own proton packs and jumpsuits, and I thought, that’s really cool," she said. "I was more aware of that stuff."
Jones said she was surprised by the backlash "because women have been killing it for years," adding, "It’s the same thing, when you go to a comedy club. [announcer’s voice] 'Are you guys ready for a woman?' Are you ready for a unicorn? Why is being a woman so surprising? There are two sexes. A man and a woman. So, if it’s not a man in a movie, what else was it going to be?"
We are ready for four unicorns, and they go by the names of Melissa, Kristen, Leslie and Kate.
Head over to The New York Times to read the full interview.
Watch the trailer for the new "Ghostbusters" film below.