Paul Feig on 'ruining' childhoods and the massive Ghostbusters backlash

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Mar 13, 2015, 7:06 PM EDT (Updated)

Ever since it was announced by Sony, Paul Feig’s female-led new Ghostbusters flick has received a lot of flak from fans and moviegoers alike. So, what does the Bridesmaids director have to say to all the backlash? Well, first of all, Feig was actually surprised by the hate the movie’s mostly gotten since then. Here’s what he revealed in an interview with Variety for his upcoming comedy movie Spy:

“The Internet is really funny – I love it, but I hate it at the same time,” says Feig in an interview about his new comedy “Spy,” premiering at SXSW on Sunday. “The first wave when you make an announcement like that is overwhelmingly positive. Everyone’s so happy and you’re like, This is great. Then comes the second wave and you’re like, Oh my God. Some of the most vile, misogynistic sh** I’ve ever seen in my life.”

He went on to admit that some stuff that was said to him on Twitter was particularly mean-spirited:

“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,” notes Feig. “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.”

Feig even admitted that every time he would get nasty messages on Twitter, he’d look up the user’s profile in order to see what kind of person was sending him hateful remarks:

“I figure it’s some wacked-out teenager. But almost constantly it’s someone who’s bio says ‘Proud father of two!’ And has some high-end job. You’re raising children and yet you’re bashing me about putting women in my movie?”

When another Ghostbusters movie was announced on Monday, this time featuring a male cast and starring Channing Tatum (and perhaps even Chris Pratt, whose star power is definitely on the rise thanks to a little Marvel movie), and being helmed by the dynamic Captain America: The Winter Soldier duo of the Russo Brothers, Feig wasn't surprised, but he revealed he’s got nothing to do with that one, aka he’s not involved.

“I’d heard some rumblings about it,” he says of the project. “Who knew there were so many ghosts to be busted in the world?”

Filming on director Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, starring Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy, will begin in June. What do you guys think about Feig’s comments on fan backlash about the movie?

(via Variety)