“We still get called, in the press, a ‘chick flick.’ We are never not referred to as the ‘all-female Ghostbusters,’ which makes me crazy,” he said during a panel discussion at the annual Produced By conference, hosted by the Producer’s Guild of America.
Feig is frustrated by all the qualifiers his reboot’s casting of Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones has engendered. The all-female lineup of stars was his idea, but it was never intended to be a political statement.
“I wanted to do an origin story and I thought the best way to do it was by doing it with the funniest women I know,” he said (via The Hollywood Reporter).
Feig’s Ghostbustersreboot which, it should be noted, isn’t even out until July 15 has prompted torrents of negative sentiment from some of the more vocal haters on the internet. Many made the “bold” choice to boycott this movie that no one outside of Hollywood has seen yet, while others went as far as attacking Feig on social media.
He’s definitely noticed.
“I have been hit with some of the most misogynistic stuff,” Feig said. He’s still a relative newcomer on Twitter, after joining in late 2015.
“I used to [hear] that people had haters, and I was like, ‘How does that happen?'”
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