Paul Feig Denounces Misogynistic Response To “Ghostbusters” Reboot At SXSW

Since Paul Feig’s announcement of the all-female cast reboot of “Ghostbusters” in December 2014, there has been an unsurprisingly large amount of backlash by mostly young white men claiming the new cast will ruin the old movie simply by existing (that’s not how things work). This has been my favorite laughable “baby man tears” response for the last four months, and it turns out, Feig feels the same. Yesterday at SXSW, Feig said:

“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.”

Behind this rage is casual misogyny and that is true no matter how you slice it. It just is. To hear Feig denounce misogyny actually improves my childhood (which is gone by the way, as childhoods do — they disappear because of the concept of time, you see?). Nevertheless, his ally-ship will improve the lives of girls who will be raised in a culture where they see themselves on the big screen. When men decry this version as a ruination of their childhood, what they really mean is “this ruins my worldview where men are the heroes and women are the bystanders.” Also, “WAHHHHHHHH!”

It is interesting to note, however, that in the light of this consumer-driven desire to see four women replace the traditional cast, Sony Pictures decided to appease the sad lot who can’t take the newly gendered reboot and is planning on its own version with four men. This is a veritable “there, there little boy, here’s your bottle” moment. Here’s hoping that version will just slide along unnoticed while Melissa McCarthy and Co. blow everyone away. [Mediaite]