Ever since Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot was first announced, the project’s been caught up in a whirlwind of online controversy (largely dominated by a few loud trolls who think women shouldn’t be Ghostbusters). Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon have all brushed off the backlash, and in a new interview, Sony movie chief Tom Rothman is doing the same.
Rothman sat down recently with The Hollywood Reporter for a wide-ranging interview about the future of Sony, and he revealed that not only is he completely unconcerned with the Ghostbusters trolls, but he actually sees them as a major positive.
“It’s the greatest thing that ever happened,” Rothman told THR. “Are you kidding me? We’re in the national debate, thank you. Can we please get some more haters to say stupid things?”
In the most recent issue of EW, the cast talked about the response to the first Ghostbusters trailer, weighing in on accusations that the new movie is ruining a beloved franchise.
“It’s a movie,” McCarthy told EW. “I can’t make heads or tails of it, and then I never gave it another thought. You just have to go, ‘Well, I hope you get out a little more. The world is fun.’ I really think it’s the minority.”
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Read the full interview with Rothman at THR. Ghostbusters will hit theaters on July 15.