"Geek culture is home to some of the biggest assholes": "Ghostbusters" Paul Feig director lashes out at Internet

In their defense, the people who hate the movie after only having seen the trailer -- wait, never mind...

By Scott Eric Kaufman
May 2, 2016 8:46PM (UTC)
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Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon in "Ghostbusters" (Columbia Pictures)

"Freaks and Geeks" alum Paul Feig isn't the least bit pleased with how the Internet received the trailer for his "Ghostbusters" film, and decided to tell the New York Daily News exactly how he felt.

"Geek culture is home to some of the biggest assholes I've ever met in my life," Feig told Mathew Klickstein. "Especially after being attacked by them for months because of this 'Ghostbusters' project."


The film's trailer has been widely panned by anonymous people on the Internet who haven't seen the film itself, but despite their opprobrium, Feig stands by his work.

"I don't care what shape or size or color or anything they are," he said of the four central characters in his film, played by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. "I live or die on what things are funny and whether or not people will be entertained by them."

He added that the film's putative star, McCarthy, "is just this hilarious woman who is so funny. I don't care what she looks like. As long as she's funny and is a professional. She's hilarious."


Watch the trailer reviled by disgustingly nostalgic men-children on the Internet below:

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