If you know someone who is claiming the Ghostbusters reboot, fronted by some of the funniest actresses working today and directed by one of the most celebrated comedy helmers of our time, will somehow “ruin” their childhood, please direct them to Paul Feig.
The director of Bridesmaids, the upcoming Melissa McCarthy vehicle Spy and the aforementioned reboot sat down to share his thoughts on the outcry from the “no girls allowed” contingent of Ghostbusters fans. To Variety, he described this backlash thusly:
“Oh my God. Some of the most vile, misogynistic shit I’ve ever seen in my life.”
“The biggest thing I’ve heard for the last four months is, ‘Thanks for ruining my childhood.’ It’s going to be on my tombstone when I die. It’s so dramatic. Honestly, the only way I could ruin your childhood is if I got into a time machine and went back and made you an orphan.”
Basically, Paul Feig to misogynistic fan boys:
Feig went on to tell HuffPo why he’s drawn to tell stories about women:
“That’s why I love doing these genre movies. Because there are women in it, but it’s not about all my lady problems. But they’re not acting like men. They’re acting like women would. I love the theme of female friendship. I’ve seen it with my wife, and how important and difficult it is. So I enjoy that. To me, that’s more interesting than trying to work out a relationship with a man. There are plenty of those movies being made, so I don’t have any interest in doing them.”
Well Paul says:
Kristy Puchko would like to give the ever-dapper Mr. Feig a rousing and most civilized high-five.