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‘Ghostbusters’ Drops New Photo, Melissa McCarthy Jokes about Fan Backlash

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The “Ghostbusters” reboot comes in swinging with a new photo, which shows Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) casually strolling past an overturned firetruck and pulling their ghost-fighting gear out of their holsters (via Entertainment Weekly).

Additionally, McCarthy addressed the backlash from fans upset that the franchise was being rebooted with an all-female cast, as the cast and crew has been inundated with sexist rants throughout the film’s production. “If this doesn’t work, we go back and lose our [right to] vote,” McCarthy joked. “I’m talking pre-­suffragette.”

The female-led franchise reboot also features Chris Hemsworth, Andy Garcia, Michael K. Williams, Matt Walsh and Neil Casey, with appearances by original “Ghostbusters” cast members Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver.

“Ghostbusters” arrives July 15, 2016.

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Comments

  • guest

    Hopefully this bombs and the “gender swap” gimmick will play itself out. I doubt it though seeing as universal is about to ruin 70+ years of film history by pulling out this lazy trick with the universal monster reboots. Ugh. Its like the Monkeys Paw. Everything we ever wanted as young fans only made in some bizarro universe.

  • Mike S

    Can you explain how anything would be “ruined”? Are they coming to your house, and Amazon, and eBay and eliminating every copy of earlier films?

    If you prefer the original versions (which, by the by, were remakes of earlier versions), then keep watching them.

  • Spiderbat23

    Waaah waaaah they’re making things different so I dont like it waaah waaah
    Thats you

  • guest

    Because they destroy the source material. The ruination comes when they kill the franchises to appease a vocal minority that screams for diversity but doesn’t actually support the films, books etc. which is how they bomb. Hollywood and other media don’t actually want diversity, the public doesn’t either. This is just a cash grab. If diversity were the issue they would create new prominent diverse characters instead of raping continuity to fleece well meaning SJW’s

  • J.p. Ducey

    I’m glad McCarthy had a sense of humor about the whole thing. Fans are really passionate about this franchise. Ghostbusters is still my all time favorite movie. While I don’t approve of anyone making sexist comments, it really doesn’t sit well with me how Paul Feig has responded to fan concern & criticism. How is attacking the fanbase going to win anyone over?

  • https://marvel.com/universe/Moon_Knight Moon Knight

    Oh knock it off. Don’t be a bully.

  • Brian Langlois

    The problems here are that any criticism of this movie is going to be seen as sexist. It’s not that it’s a reboot with an all-female cast, it’s that it’s a reboot period. There are always people who don’t like reboots.
    Of course, the other issue at play is how they are trying so hard to make “all female cast” the important part of the movie. It’s creation by committee. Some executive came up with the conceit first then they shoehorn the story to fit, where true creativity lets the story take its own form as appropriate. If that led to an all-female Ghostbusters then that’s great, but somehow I doubt that’s how it happened (and I admit that it is possible I am proven wrong on that).

  • VivaPugnacio

    Other than leaving the franchise alone forever, what would you rather have happen? A new story with new characters? Or the old story with new actors? It looks to me that the they’re making a new ghostbusters movie with new characters. So what’s the issue? The new characters are chicks.

  • Mecha_the_Hedgehog

    So there going to do what Fan 4 stick did and every time someone says something about this movie they will call them racists. But since there not changing race they change to sexiest. There going to hide behind that shild for as long as they can. I said it before I’ll say it again you cant fight the established fanbase anymore. Fan 4 stick did this and look what happened.

  • atrix

    Seriously you’re calling women a minority. You’re as useful as tits on a boar.I can see the trilby hanging on your bedroom hanger in your parents house

  • Sebastian Villegas

    Because the fanbase was attacking the film over dumb reasons.

  • Jon Grasseschi

    It’s not, but by and large the portions of the fanbase raging at the supposed ruining of the Ghostbusters because of a movie that isn’t even finished yet are never going to change their minds, anyway.

  • Jon Grasseschi

    I don’t get this at all. It wasn’t a “conceit” that the original Ghostbusters were all men, and it was one of the great movies. But somehow it is a conceit that the remake is all women, and lots of us have already written it off.

    I mean, as far as that goes, that criticism does come off as sexist, because we don’t have any jokes or acting or special effects to critique. All we have to critique is that the four main characters have been cast as women, and apparently that means we can write the thing off already (also something something SJWs).

  • Shawn Hargrave

    ugh you got a bunch of snl rejects you got mcarthy loud obnoxious and just box office poison the whole thing is just a stupid waste of time/money

  • red vector

    And if the movie bombs proving that the fanbase was correct? Whose fault would it be? You can bet that Paul Feig won’t say a word about it.

  • Brian Langlois

    That’s why I said they could prove me wrong, but everything I’ve heard about this movie so far leads me to believe that it is unlikely. They are the ones that constantly point out the “all female cast” and how this is striking a blow for strong female characters. Real strong female characters don’t need the boost and aren’t created by committee. Maybe this is just how it appears, but they don’t help their case by banging on and on about it.

  • Doodlee Pigvirus

    there’s always some bullshit “it’s not a sexism thing” reason to rag on women and this “backlash” is one of the most pathetic examples. screw the haters; it’s going to rock.

  • A Rising Ape

    Yeah that’s the problem, gender swaps, not a creatively bankrupt industry too cowardly to put serious money into anything that isn’t a sequel or a remake, regardless of the star’s prospective pudenda. Darn those lady parts!

  • bandoogiemanz

    That’s exactly what I am thinking. The supporters of this movie sound just like the supporters of that Fantastic drivel and we all know how that turned out. What I would have preferred is linking this move to the original. Why couldn’t it be a continuation where one or two of the female leads are daughters of one or more of the original ghostbusters?

  • Sebastian Villegas

    This isn’t a Fantastic Four situation. Besides, Feig is a credible director given Spy. Not to mention, people seemed to be okay with Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road. That didn’t exactly bomb, did it? ;) Or the aforementioned Spy. Again, that didn’t bomb. Women leads do sell.

  • Sebastian Villegas

    What are you talking about? There’s not even a trailer to go on about. Not to mention, representation matters in the grand scheme of things.

  • SorryNotSorry

    ARGLE BARGLE!

  • Brian Langlois

    I mean every piece of press they release about this movie always leads with “female cast.” It’s all Fieg and the cast talk about, barely anything about the substance of the movie. As I said, when the movie comes out, maybe I’ll be wrong and it will be a wonderfully realized film, but as it appears it’s a gimmick.

  • Captain America Pantheon

    I love how when you say a movie is bad when it abandons its source material, automatically you’re labeled a sexist or a bigot. Shut the fuck up. This kind of idiotic thinking “I have to be represented or fuck you” Mentality really highlights the pussification of the U.S. ME ME ME ME generation. WHA WHA WHA WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE STORY SO I CAN IDENTIFY WITH IT WHA WHA WHA. God I hope this country falls with all its stupid people in it.

  • Sebastian Villegas

    Then by all accounts shouldn’t the previous Ghostbusters team be a gimmick since they were all men?

  • Francesco Dell’Anna Muja

    Really? The failure of this movie will mean that women will lose their right to vote? Are you trying to say that if I don’t like the movie, it’s because I hate women?

    Sorry to disappoint you, but I don’t like the very idea of this movie, because it’s the reboot of a Classic that completely disregards what really made it a Classic: the characters.

    This is “Ghostbusters” without Ghostbusters. How could it possibly work? They’ll ruin the franchise, just like they did with Fantastic Four. Unfortunately, true fans have good reasons to be worried. And it’s not because they hate women. You’re very silly to even claim that.

  • Michael Gmirkin

    Hey, quit bullying the bully… :P [/sarc]

  • Michael Gmirkin

    Or foofaraw?

    You be the judge!

  • Michael Gmirkin

    Here’s a silly idea:

    How about fans wait until they actually release a TRAILER, before roundly condemning it? give ‘em a chance to show exactly what they’ve got and how they’re gonna’ use it.

    Prejudice (pre-judging, typically without any rational basis in fact or reality) is bad, m’kay?

  • AnabelMartinez

    Because the “pandering” diversity in The Force Awakens TOTALLY killed the franchise. :)

    And the prequels existing doesn’t ruin anyone’s love of the original trilogy.

  • Robert Dassler

    LOUD NOISES!

  • grossbusters

    That fat unfunny loser wouldn’t know how to tell a joke if it was one of the several meals she has every day.

  • Brian Langlois

    It’s not about the decision to make an all-female team, it’s about why they decided that and how they are presenting it as the main focus of all their press. That’s what makes it a gimmick.

  • Sebastian Villegas

    Because fans keep complaining. And I sincerely doubt you don’t have a problem with an all-female Ghostbusters team because it’s apparent you do.

  • bandoogiemanz

    Not the same situations.

  • bandoogiemanz

    I remember reading the same exact comments regarding the Fantastic Four.

  • bandoogiemanz

    TFA could have starred two pieces of turd and still done well money wise, it’s Star Wars. It’s fanbase is massive.

  • bandoogiemanz

    I will say the same thing I did regarding the Fantastic Four: this movie will bomb.

  • Brian Langlois

    Nope, no problem with female Ghostbusters. I’d be plenty happy if the characters were Kylie, Melanie, & Janine. I’d be happy if this movie were conceived without an agenda, it just doesn’t appear that it was.

  • Sebastian Villegas

    Oh, so it’s just dumb paranoia. Yeah you have a problem without a doubt. It’s 2015 or 2016 given we’re close to the new year technically, representation matters more than ever.

  • Brian Langlois

    But representation is not more important than just making a good film. And, hey, BOTH can be done. A good film can have strong female leads…just not when the agenda is more important than the story.

  • J.p. Ducey

    That still doesn’t answer my question as to how attacking back at the fans helps his cause or gets people to see this movie. It alienates even more. It wasn’t a smart move. And not all the concerns about this movie are dumb.

  • J.p. Ducey

    This isn’t about whether female leads can sell for most people. It’s about taking a franchise and scraping away almost everything familiar and enjoyable about it and replacing it with something else. Look at the superhero movies that have done well. They stick to the source material. Look at the Ones that haven’t (Foxtastic Four, Elektra, Green Lantern, ect) they don’t do well.

  • Sebastian Villegas

    Both can be done, NO SHIT. But you keep throwing the word agenda. You ARE paranoid. Okay, let’s play your game; um, the feminists are here to take away your Ghostbusters merchandise and force you to pretend to the originals never existed. And I’m a feminist spy. Happy? Is that what you wanted to hear? No? Well then stop being paranoid about a supposed agenda. You sound like a conspiracy theorist.

  • Sebastian Villegas

    It’s still the same premise; busting ghosts. What the hell more do you want? It’s in the fucking title. Besides those films were totaled by studio interference, there’s nothing to go on yet.

  • Sebastian Villegas

    Because he and the lead women kept getting extreme responses that denounced them. Probably death threats were involved. Wouldn’t you be pissed off and had enough?

  • Ricardo Silva

    My main gripe with this is that it seems like the all-female cast was a shoehorned idea. Plus, I dislike at least 2 of the main stars, so there’s that, not because they are women but simply because they annoy me.
    Remember when casting a powerful female lead was something that wasn’t based on some sense of social morale but was based on wanting to just make a cool female lead? I know at least one actress in this movie remembers those days, miss Sigourney Weaver (Praise Ripley). It’s like we cast females nowadays just because we owe something to society rather than because we think it’s a good idea.

  • yeahyeah

    Don’t forget Sara Connor.

  • Doodlee Pigvirus

    that was a truly epic example of a bullshit reason. thanks for the heads up that you’re a horrendous person with nothing of value to add to the conversation. dismissed.

  • Hadrian Mosley

    My only problem is a director I can’t stand and actresses who aren’t funny. I would have been up for this movie had they got good people in. I hope it turns out for the best, it needs to have a good tone to work.

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  • Acerosaurus

    We want diversity not gender swap

  • Victor Avery

    LMFAO bargle

  • Victor Avery

    2016 is full of anticipated sequels.

  • Brian Langlois

    Look, dude, I don’t think any of that is going to happen. I also don’t think and never said that feminists have anything to do with this. What I believe is that Studio Marketing Executives THINK that pushing an all-female cast will bring them positive attention and potential female audience dollars, and that by prioritizing that gimmick over true creativity will lead to a mediocre at best Ghostbusters movie.
    NOTHING will happen to previous GB movies and they will still be there and continue to be the beloved classics that they are.
    Now please stop attacking me with arguments I never even made.

  • Lee Swain

    Looks great. Excited about this. Enjoying the anger of the ignorant sexists too :)

  • Sebastian Villegas

    I’m not trying to be mean to you. Look, marketing is marketing, okay? Plus, people (you included) still complain about it so it’s clear the fans who hate the idea are at fault as much since they keep complaining. Plus if you truly think nothing will happen to the other films, why do you keep saying the word “agenda” like a conspiracy theorist?

  • J.p. Ducey

    I REPEAT. “That still doesn’t answer my question as to how attacking back at the fans helps his cause or gets people to see this movie.” Look at the way Feig handled the situation and the way McCarthy handled it.

  • J.p. Ducey

    Green Lantern, Foxtastic Four, and Elektra were all following the “Premise” too. How did they do? Feig is changing too much.

  • J.p. Ducey

    Green Lantern, Foxtastic Four, and Elektra were all following the “Premise” too. How did they do? Feig is changing too much.

  • Sebastian Villegas

    Whoever said making a Hollywood movie was easy? Plus, being bombarded with fan backlash with a lot of undoubtedly nasty comments, wouldn’t you be pissed off? Yes, I asked that already but I don’t think you understand.

  • Brian Langlois

    Why does agenda tie to “conspiracy” and why would anybody think the agenda is to destroy the old movies? My criticism is in how they have presented this movie from day one. It appears that the trappings are more important than the content to them, and that, in my opinion, is a mistake. If the movie really is so great, why don’t they share more about it?
    My issues are solely with the lackluster presentation of the filmmakers and their insistence on driving home the “all-female cast” point. It’s like they think that gives them a pass or something. They are courting controversy to gain attention, instead of letting the work stand on it’s own. Certainly it is reasonable for people to have a problem with this.

    Sure there are some fans that complain for sexist reasons, but, back to my original thought on this matter, ALL criticism of the film is being decried as sexist, even when it isn’t, and that’s a different kind of judgment problem.

  • Sebastian Villegas

    Then here’s an idea, um, call it crazy but JUST. WAIT. FOR. THE. MOVIE. Okay? I mean, I imagine a lot of embarrassed fans when they watched Michael Keaton as Batman after so much of their complaining turned out to be for naught, just saying.

  • Ignacio Pochart

    agreed, this is one movie i dont plan to watch lol

  • Brian Langlois

    So now we can’t discuss anything until it’s actually out? I suppose then that comments on this article are wholly unnecessary and they may as well turn them off for all articles about yet to be released films.
    My criticism is in how they are handling their press. It does not engender confidence in the final product. I’ve already said it was possible that the movie actually is good, and if so, great, good job.
    Seriously, I don’t know what it is that has you screaming at me, but I’m done. I’ve said my piece. I don’t need the abuse. Enjoy the movie.

  • Sebastian Villegas

    I apologize but I tend to get beyond frustrated on the grounds that I don’t think you’re getting the point of why such comments are going to be brushed off as being sexist because those tend to be the loudest.

  • J.p. Ducey

    You’re purposely avoiding my initial question at this point because you know it will prove my point. The answer is “Nothing. Lashing out at fans concerns, even the nasty ones, does NOTHING to help promote your film or win anyone over. It continues to alienate people and fuel the negative backlash.” Therefore he shouldn’t have done it. He should have taken the high road like Melissa McCarthy did. But he didn’t. Bad on him. Good day to you Madame.

  • Sebastian Villegas

    I’m a guy. What I am supposed to respond with? You’re basically too cynical for your own good regarding this film but then again, I’m just going to stop right here since you’re obviously bitter. Good to you, Madame.

  • J.p. Ducey

    Not sure how disagreeing with how he handled HIMSELF makes ME cynical or bitter, but Congratulations. I’m glad the surgery was a success.

  • J.p. Ducey

    Not sure how disagreeing with how he handled HIMSELF makes ME cynical or bitter, but Congratulations. I’m glad the surgery was a success.

  • Captain America Pantheon

    Nice rebuttal, typical liberal response to logic. Ad hominems don’t work brah try something new.

  • a_v

    Hopefully this bombs and takes Melissa McCarthy’s shitty career with it. I have nothing against women, but these 4 talent-less hacks don’t deserve to be in this franchise. I can easily name several women I’d rather have.

  • a_v

    That “Pandering” diversity is what gave us Jar Jar Binks as well.