Paul Feig, the director and co-writer of the infamous 2016 all-female reboot of “Ghostbusters,” is speaking out this week to say that his film was negatively received largely because of the “anti-Hillary movement” in this country at the time.
When Feig announced that he would be rebooting the beloved 1980s movie series with an all-female cast led by Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, he was hit with tons of backlash from fans. The movie went on to be a flop, only earning $229.1 million worldwide, according to Fox News.
Feig said in a new interview with Jess Cagle’s SiriusXM show that he was shocked by the backlash, saying that he blames the movie’s poor reception on the political climate that year.
“I think that some really brilliant author or researcher or sociologist needs to write a book about 2016 and how intertwined we were with Hillary and the anti-Hillary movement, it was just this year where, I don’t know, just everyone went to a boiling point,” Feig said. “I don’t know if it was having an African American president for eight years teed them up or something, but they were ready to explode.”
He went on to bring up a video that Donald Trump shared on his Instagram in 2015 in which he seemed to be baffled by an all-female reboot of “Ghostbusters.”
“By the time I announced in…2015, when I announced I was going to do it, it started. There’s tape of Donald Trump being like, ‘Now the Ghostbusters are women, what’s going on?’” Feig lamented. “Like, it’s crazy how people got nuts about women trying to be in power or be in positions that they weren’t normally in. It was an ugly, ugly year.”
Why must Hollywood liberals politicize almost everything, and make absolutely everything all about race and gender? Perhaps the so-called “anti-Hillary movement” had nothing to do with the lack of success of “Ghostbusters,” and it just wasn’t a good movie. Feig might want to think about that before he tries to blame everyone else for his own failures again.
This piece was written by PopZette Staff on May 26, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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