Kristen Wiig Responds to ‘Ghostbusters’ Backlash: ‘I’m Bummed’

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Kristen Wiig ‘bummed out’ by Ghostbusters backlash.

Frazer Harrison—Getty Images Kristen Wiig attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.Kristen Wiig has said she was taken by surprise after online trolls mounted a campaign against the new female-fronted remake of cult 80s favourite Ghostbusters. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, the star and Oscar-nominated co-writer of Bridesmaids said that she had not expected the film, in which she will co-star with Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, to attract such ire. “The fact there was so much controversy because we were women was surprising to me,” said Wiig. “Some people said some really not nice things about the fact that there were women.

We’re really honouring those movies.” In March, the new Ghostbusters director Paul Feig, who also directed Wiig and McCarthy in Bridesmaids, described criticism of the remake as “some of the most vile, misogynistic shit I’ve ever seen in my life”. Ernie Hudson, who played Winston Zeddemore in the 1984 version of the film, found himself embroiled in the controversy in 2014, after calling the remake “a bad idea”. I’ve promoted both Bridesmaids and The Heat and myself and my cast are still hit constantly with the question, ‘will this answer the question of whether women can be funny?’ I really cannot believe we’re still having this conversation.” As for Wiig, she says the controversy and negativity she noticed didn’t even make her mad — “it just really bummed me out.

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