Leslie Jones: Sexist Ghostbusters haters slammed in tweets
Leslie Jones might have escaped the wrath of movie critics as positive reviews continue to pour in for the Ghostbusters reboot, but the Internet haters who made the film’s trailer the most disliked video in YouTube history are still going strong, prompting the star to vent her frustration with sexist moviegoers on social media.
The Saturday Night Live cast member voice concerned about the way men — particularly fathers — are treating the women at the center of Paul Feig’s contemporary reboot of the 1984 classic, which starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson.
“Some people are just sick! They will say f—ed up stuff then when you go to their feed they have kids. Daughters even,” Jones wrote. “What will you tell your daughter when she wants to dress like a [Ghostbuster] for Halloween. You gonna tell them they can’t be one?”
Jones continued: “Are you gonna tell her the bullsh– you tweeting to me. The sexist most racist comments ever. Are you gonna show that? It’s very sick and sad. Matter of fact what will say to her if she came home crying about the same thing being said 2 her. People don’t think about what they put out.”
Many critics have praised the film for its writing, direction, and the chemistry between actors Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Jones. On Rotten Tomatoes, Ghostbusters currently sports a 77 percent Fresh rating.
“As a shot across the bow for women in Hollywood and girls looking for big screen role models that look like them, [Ghostsbusters is] a step forward,” Jen Yamato wrote in her review for The Daily Beast. “The fact that they’re women never defines these heroes, but the way the world reacts to them reflects why the gender swap is significant. When these Ghostbusters are labeled delusional by a skeptical public and smeared by a city government that slanders them for the greater good, they’re not just crazy people—they’re crazy women, a pejorative far more loaded than it ever is when foisted on men.
Similarly, original Ghostbusters star and screenwriter, Aykroyd, gave the revival his blessing on Facebook in May. “Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first 2 films,” he wrote. “I’m paying to see that and bringing all my friends!”
Ghostbusters opens in theaters on July 15.