Paul Feig Calls Out Geek Culture "A--holes" In Wake Of 'Ghostbusters' Backlash

It has been really bumpy ride for Sony‘s “Ghostbusters” reboot/remake. Ever since it was first announced that the proton packs would be worn by women, mouth-breathing corners of the internet have been complaining about the gender of the leads. But matters haven’t been helped by the trailers (the most disliked in YouTube history), which haven’t been that great, leading even Melissa McCarthy to admit they’re “very confusing.” But it seems director Paul Feig is fed up with backlash.

“Geek culture is home to some of the biggest a——s I’ve ever met in my life. Especially after being attacked by them for months because of this ‘Ghostbusters’ project,” the director vented to New York Daily News.

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Certainly, having a target on your back even before cameras rolled couldn’t have been easy, but Feig continues to defend his casting, saying he doesn’t care about gender and race, but making people laugh. “I live or die on what things are funny and whether or not people will be entertained by them,” he said.

Unfortunately, the messaging on the movie remains a little muddled, with Feig blurring the lines in explaining what kind of approach he took with the movie, saying he wantes to “tell a story you haven’t seen before. Or tell a story you’ve seen before, but in a way you haven’t seen it.” So maybe it’s a bit something borrowed, something blue? We’ll soon see.

“Ghostbusters” opens on July 15th, and so far, the courting of fanboys and the public has not gone so well….

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