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Twitter Vermin React to Melissa McCarthy's Casting in 'Ghostbusters' in Typical Classy Fashion

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | January 28, 2015 |

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | January 28, 2015 |

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:

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