When sexism is overshadowing your craft, who are you going to call to fix it? The cast of the Ghostbusters reboot, that’s who.
According to the Huffington Post, the film’s cast — which includes Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon — joined the New York Times‘ David Itzkoff and the film’s director Paul Feig to discuss the making of the film along with the sexist feedback they’ve received.
While many viewers are claiming that the revamp, which will be released on July 15, will “ruin” the original, the Huffington Post says that the cast told Itzkoff that they have had it with other sexist comments they’ve fielded:
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.
But their responses to the sexist retorts didn’t end there. The Huffington Post says that McCarthy told Itzkoff that 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, according to HuffPost. “I was more aware of that stuff.”
Jones agreed, saying that she was surprised by the Internet uproar over the all-female cast. But she also said that she doesn’t understand why such backlash even exists. HuffPost says the actress put it this way:
“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?”
But perhaps Jones expressed her surprise at the backlash best when she said it’s unfounded because “women have been killing it for years.”
And we’re pretty sure Jones and the rest of the cast will only carry on the tradition in this film.