The only way I could have been more excited about the casting announcement of the all-female Ghostbusters remake yesterday was if they had managed to create a fifth role for Cecily Strong and found a way to cast Sarah Koenig as a news reporter or something (seriously, Feig. Keep it in mind. Koenig fans are quiet, but we are legion). Wiig and McCarthy were expected, and had been since the day that Paul Feig was announced as the director, while McKinnon is brilliant casting. I’m a little uncertain about Leslie Jones, but not because she’s not funny (her “Weekend Update” segments are brilliant), but because she has proven herself to be a shaky actor in sketches. At any rate, with three current and former SNL cast members and one of the show’s most popular hosts, it once again proves how relevant SNL remains.
Indeed, it’s hard to complain about the all-star cast, unless, of course, you are Twitter, in which case there’s always something to find objectionable. In this case, the response to the casting of McCarthy has been weirdly vitriolic. This is Sookie St. James, people! I had no idea that anyone disliked McCarthy. Really?
Yes. Really. It turns out, Twitter may have a problem with her weight, and probably her gender, too, which is interesting because if Chris Farley had been cast in a Ghostbusters movie in the 1990s, the world would’ve exploded with excitement (interestingly, John Candy was offered the Rick Moranis role in the original Ghostbusters but the producers ultimately nixed him because he wanted the character to have a wacky German accent).
Anyway, here’s your daily look at the cesspool that is Twitter and their reaction to the casting of McCarthy:
@JohnnyUtah_NG that big fat bitch Melissa McCarthy was cast in the new ghostbusters. You were fucking right Jeff.— Eoin O' Toole (@mullases) January 28, 2015
How can they cast that fat, useless and not funny Melissa McCarthy in the new Ghostbusters movie? Will be giving that a miss for sure.— Ashley (@asherg88) January 28, 2015
BREAKING NEWS Melissa McCarthy quits #Ghostbusters, realising it won't be all fat jokes; "I thought they said 'Gutbusters' and just agreed"— RGC (@RGCWorld) January 28, 2015
It pisses me of that Melissa McCarthy is in the Ghostbusters remake. The only joke she is part is "She's fat. LOL!"— Julio Biason (@juliobiason) January 28, 2015
An all-female "Ghostbusters"? I'll take a guess and say Melissa McCarthy will play the fat, disgusting one. She has such range in movies.— Kevin Tustin (@KevinTustin) January 28, 2015
Ghostbusters 3 will have a scene where Melissa McCarthy is fat and the joke is she is fat and she won't say anything funny,but she'll be fat— Mike McCabe™ (@MikeMcCabeSad) January 27, 2015
Melissa Mccarthy is a fat piece lf unfunny shit amd ghostbusters 3 will be shit since shes in it but it will still make lots of money— Bluntman (@M00seJaws) January 27, 2015
Fat-ass Melissa McCarthy starring in the Ghostbusters reboot is putting the nail in the coffin a bit early.— Philip Hansen (@evil_avatar) January 10, 2015
Melissa McCarthy is going to be in the ghostbusters reboot. She's got to be playing SLIMER. Hate that bint— Scott Howarth (@scotty2MFhottie) January 27, 2015
At least the new Ghostbusters is staying true to the original by casting four leads that no straight man would ever fuck.— Joe Praino (@FixYourLife) January 28, 2015