If you wanted to, you could have spent the past six or seven months watching Ghostbusters director Paul Feig display a superhuman level of patience on Twitter. Day in and day out, my man has been shrieked at and trolled by a very vocal sliver of the Ghostbusters fanbase, all of whom are outraged beyond the point of reason by the very idea of women - WOMEN! - wearing Proton packs.
By and large, Feig's response to this vitriol has been a sort of dignified exasperation, and I've long wondered when he might finally stop being so goddamn polite about things. Well:
"Geek culture is home to some of the biggest assholes I've ever met in my life," Feig told the Daily News. "Especially after being attacked by them for months because of this Ghostbusters project."
That's Feig in a new interview with The New York Daily News, who sat down with the filmmaker to find out what he thinks about the ongoing hissy fit surrounding his next film.
There's sure to be some pearl-clutching over the quote - anyone unfamiliar with the situation might look at this as Feig biting the hands that feed him, and in a fairly serious way - but make no mistake: Feig is right, and he's got months' worth of Twitter mentions (to say nothing of the small army of wildly misogynistic anti-Ghostbusters fan accounts) to back up that opinion. Some of these fans have behaved horribly, so much so that "assholes" might even be too mild a word.
He goes on to say:
"I don't care what shape or size or color or anything they are. I live or die on what things are funny and whether or not people will be entertained by them.
(Melissa 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. And she's hilarious.”
There'd be nothing more satisfying than a female-driven Ghostbusters reboot that's funny and clever and enjoyably spooky enough to put every one of these overgrown manchildren in their place. For Feig's sake, we're keeping our fingers crossed that that's the movie he's made.
Guess we'll find out soon enough. Ghostbusters opens on July 15th.