Paul Feig is Still Trying to Defend His Terrible ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot, Blaming Failure on Hillary Clinton’s Unpopularity

Ghostbusters / Columbia Pictures

It’s been about four years since Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot with the all-female cast came out, and it has not aged well. We have not, in retrospect, decided the movie was a cult classic or an overlooked gem but we have pretty much come to the consensus that it was just a bad movie. It tried to copy what Marvel was doing with their movies and failed at that, but it was never going to capture the charm of the original movie anyway.  There hasn’t been a good Ghostbusters sequel and there never will be.

Paul Feig has not given up on trying to salvage the film’s reputation, which has just served to remind us he made it and squander all the good will we had for him from Freaks and Geeks. Variety reported that his latest attempt was to claim the movie failed because people didn’t like Hillary Clinton and are racist.

“Some really brilliant author or researcher or sociologist needs to write a book about 2016 and how intertwined [our film was] with Hillary [Clinton] and the anti-Hillary movement,” Feig said. “It was just this year where everyone went to a boiling point. I don’t know if it was [having] an African-American president for eight years [that] teed them up or something, but they were just ready to explode… By the time, in 2014 or 2015, when I announced I was going to [make] it, it started.”

“It’s crazy how people got nuts about women trying to be in power or trying to be in positions that they weren’t normally in,” Feig said. “It was an ugly, ugly year.”

Dude, you made a shitty movie and I’m kind of tired of hearing about how everyone who didn’t like it, which was most people because it was a huge flop, is a bad person. Imagine if Rob Schneider said that anyone who didn’t like Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo was a pedophile; we would rightly laugh him out of the room. Yet when Richard Roeper, one of the most well-respected film critics in the business today gave Ghostbusters a bad review, we were basically okay with people who hadn’t yet seen the film calling him a sexist and telling him to die.

I did watch Ghostbusters and it was a bad movie. It wasn’t a bad movie because of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump or something internet argument in 2014 that some people seem incapable of shutting the f**k up about, it’s bad because it’s poorly written with flat characters, unfunny jokes and poorly-choreographed action sequences. Paul Feig will be happier when he just admits he made a bad movie and stops poking his head up to defend it.

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3 years ago

Someone needs to take him to youtube and watch the Ghostbuster’s Pitch Meeting by Screenrant so he gets why this movie is so bad.