Melissa McCarthy mocks male 'Ghostbusters' haters
Male Ghostbusters haters probably don’t want to call Melissa McCarthy.
During an appearance on Wednesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, the actress mocked male fans of the franchise who have taken umbrage with the existence of the new film, which casts four actresses in the leading roles.
“Terrific fellas!” she said with sarcasm after host Jimmy Kimmel brought up the online outrage. She then joked, “What they don’t say when they’re typing is that one minute after they type their mom is like, ‘Get upstairs and take out the garbage! You’re 45 years old!'”
McCarthy, who stars in the film alongside Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, has previously commented on the online hatred, taking apart the idea that a reboot of the 1984 Ghostbusters will ruin someone’s childhood. “Four women doing any movie on earth will destroy your childhood?” she said in an interview with The Guardian. “I have a visual of those people not having a Ben [Falcone, her husband], not having friends, so they’re just sitting there and spewing hate into this fake world of the Internet. I just hope they find a friend.”
Uproar surrounding Ghostbusters reached a fever pitch in the spring, after it was reported the film’s trailer was the most disliked in the history of YouTube. In the wake of that — as well as comments taken out of context regarding geek culture — director Paul Feig released a statement calling out those who write “misogyny and hate and threats” online.
“The bullies are not the norm and I would dare say they are not even true geeks,” he wrote. “They are the micro minority. God bless the true geeks of the world and here’s to taking our community back from the bullies.”
Watch McCarthy and the Ghostbusters cast discuss the online reaction below.