'Ghostbusters' veteran didn't hold back in 'ET Canada' interview

By Oliver Gettell
Updated July 20, 2016 at 10:07 PM EDT
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Original Ghostbusters co-writer and cast member Dan Aykroyd has spoken out in defense of Ghostbusters reboot star Leslie Jones after she endured a torrent of racist and sexist insults from internet trolls in recent days.

During an interview with ET Canada on Tuesday, Aykroyd praised Jones as “a great writer, a great comedian” who has overcome “a lot of hardship” on her way to show business success.

He didn’t stop there. Wearing dark sunglasses that did little to mask his disgust, an impassioned Aykroyd also denounced the online haters who have continually harrassed Jones and left her feeling like she’s “in a personal hell.”

“First of all, they’re insignificant gnats,” he said. “They’re losers. They have no lives of their own. They can probably barely pay for the Wi-Fi they’re using, probably [have] no jobs. I would say you’re looking at obese white men between 50 and 60 who are active [Ku Klux] Klan members or members of the Aryan Nation[s], and there are millions of them.”

Aykroyd, who hails from Canada, also drew a connection between Jones’ attackers and supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“There’s a lot of white racist hatred out there that’s going to channel into support for the Republican ticket — maybe in the false belief that these people share their views. I don’t think that Trump and [running mate Mike] Pence are as racist as the people who attacked Leslie Jones, I really don’t. You know, Trump may be saying some things to go that way to get some votes but I don’t … well, I don’t know.”

Watch Aykroyd’s interview above.

Ghostbusters (2016)

type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • PG-13
runtime
  • 105 minutes
director
  • Paul Feig

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