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Paul Feig Recalls 'Ghostbusters' Backlash & Thinks It Was Tied To An Anti-Hillary Clinton Movement

Paul Feig Recalls 'Ghostbusters' Backlash & Thinks It Was Tied To An Anti-Hillary Clinton Movement

Paul Feig is opening up about the backlash he and his movie, Ghostbusters, recieved following the casting of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

Speaking to Julia Cunningham on The Jess Cagle Show on SiriusXM, the director remembers the negativity that surrounded the film.

“Some really brilliant author or researcher or sociologist needs to write a book about 2016 and how intertwined [our film was] with Hillary [Clinton] and the anti-Hillary movement,” Paul shared. “It was just this year where everyone went to a boiling point. I don’t know if it was [having] an African-American president for eight years [that] teed them up or something, but they were just ready to explode…By the time, in 2014 or 2015, when I announced I was going to [make] it, it started.”

He added that “it’s crazy how people got nuts about women trying to be in power or trying to be in positions that they weren’t normally in. It was an ugly, ugly year.”

Ghostbusters, which also starred Chris Hemsworth as the dim-witted receptionist for the team, lost about $50 million at the box office.

The next Ghostbusters film, Afterlife, was delayed due to coronavirus. See when the movie is expected to hit theaters…

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