The announcement this week that Sony had been quietly planning a new Ghostbusters reboot surprised many, especially since it will be ignoring the female-driven revival from 2016. One person who’s not having it? Leslie Jones, one of the three stars of the movie that was plagued by men’s rights activists and wound up underperforming at the box office.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, the SNL cast member shared her thoughts on Twitter Saturday, in a reply to a fan who took umbrage with the planned reboot. “So insulting. Like f*ck us. We dint count,” Jones wrote. “It’s like something trump would do. (Trump voice)”Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers” ugh so annoying. Such a d*ck move. And I don’t give f*ck I’m saying something!!”
The fan had tagged Jones’ co-star Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig, though not Kate McKinnon or Kristen Wiig, who are not on Twitter. The film, released three summers ago, was attacked months before it came out by men’s rights activists, who tried to rally fans of the 1984 original against a reboot that starred four women. Jones herself was driven off Twitter by the subsequent abuse, though she’s since returned.
As for the latest revival, it will be helmed by Jason Reitman, of Juno fame, and whose father, Ivan Reitman, directed both the original and the 1989 sequel. There’s already a teaser for it, though details — beyond unverified claims that maybe the surviving original cast wants to reunite — currently remain up in the air. But knowing Jones’ well-known gift for righteously agrieved and hilarious rants, execs probably shouldn’t have crossed her.