Melissa McCarthy Continues to Defend ‘Ghostbusters’

Melissa McCarthy, like all bubbly, ultra famous, funny female archetypes, is an accidental sensation. She is the antithesis of Hollywood’s formulaic endorsement of skinny under 35 bitches. She’s made a career (save for her most humble, most genuine and my personal favorite character, Sookie St. James, on Gilmore Girls) of being the overweight, poignantly funny, sometimes flat-out ridiculous woman. She’s taken ‘fat comedy’ by storm earning the title of third highest paid actress in the world losing out to only the two whitest, skinniest, under 35 actresses out there. Which is why it’s so disappointing to see a woman who doesn’t need to sell out… continually do so.

Let’s get my bias out there so you can check it before reading forward. Ghostbusters is trash. It’s going to be garbage. And I hate that we keep making these lowly thought out movies to generate absurd sums of money by exploiting our collective nostalgia. It’s hard not to know this. Ghostbusters should just be quiet, keep its head down, make its money and leave our consciousness before we have a chance to really think about it… but it’s taken the opposite path. Press on press on press. And Melissa McCarthy keeps defending it. The movie is packed full of cheap stereotypes imposed about women and most disgustingly, Leslie Jones’ typecast, which anyone with a brain should note.

I think originally Paul had written me as that part and then he switched, so she could have been white, Hispanic… It was truly just a coincidence.

We just accidentally put a black woman in this movieWe just wanted to make sure we got this ‘right.‘ F**k dude, please stop talking.

We’re not doing those original characters.

I’ll be the judge of that when I pirate the movie. Being a woman doesn’t change all that much about the plot if that’s all it’s going to be. You keep repeating that this is going to be ‘totally different’ but I’ve yet to see any evidence. But she seems to think that misogyny is fair to fallback on her. I mean, it’s safe. People hate women. But the movie also looks awful. Genuinely terrible. And everyone seems to be lashing out against the film for its shittiness.

“All those comments – ‘You’re ruining my childhood!’ I mean, really,” McCarthy says drily. “Four women doing any movie on earth will destroy your childhood?” She shrugs. “I have a visual of those people not having a Ben, not having friends, so they’re just sitting there and spewing hate into this fake world of the internet. I just hope they find a friend.”

Yeah! Get a job, assholes! Stop having an opinion, please.

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8 years ago

“Which is why it’s so disappointing to see a woman who doesn’t need to sell out… continually do so.” Cracked up for this line, well written piece :)