Leslie Jones shuts down ‘sexist’ Ghostbusters haters

Leslie Jones at Ghostbusters premiereIt looks like Leslie Jones has had just about enough of all the “sexist” and “racist” backlash the new Ghostbusters reboot has received over the past year.

The actress took to Twitter yesterday to voice her frustration, furiously calling out the hypocrisy of those who raise young daughters while, at the same time, choosing to belittle a feminist and female-driven movie.

“Some people are just sick! They will say f**ked up stuff then when you go to their feed they have kids. Daughters even,” she wrote.

“What will you tell your daughter when she wants to dress like a GB for Halloween. You gonna tell them they can’t be one? I liked to see that,” the Saturday Night Live star continued.

Leslie then referenced the personal backlash she’s received, writing, “Are you gonna tell her the bullshit you tweeting to me. The sexist most racist comments ever. Are you gonna show that? It’s very sick and sad.”

“Matter of fact what will [you] say to her if she came home crying about the same thing being said 2 her. People don’t think about what they put out,” the comedienne topped off her rant.

It’s no surprise that Leslie is so angry, with Ghosbusters being lambasted from every possible corner of the internet since its inception — from its premiere trailer becoming the most-disliked YouTube video ever, to numerous (mostly male) fans and celebs (e.g. Donald Trump) slamming the remake all over social media.

But with preliminary reviews looking pretty good so far (76 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and a heavy-hitting director like Paul Feig (of Bridesmaids fame), the new school Ghostbusters might just take their proton packs and permanently exorcise all those rabid “don’t-touch-the-classic” Ghostbusters devotees.

Ghostbusters, starring Leslie alongside funny ladies Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon, hits theaters this Friday. ~Shelby Morton

What do you think of Leslie’s Twitter tirade? Do you think the Ghostbusters reboot deserves all the flack it’s been getting? Share your thoughts with us below!

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  1. Ellie • July 12, 2016 @ 12:55 PM

    Okay…she makes a film where all the make characters are either idiots or jerks and her own character is a crude racial stereotype; and she’s throwing stones at others for the backlash?!? Pot, meet kettle.

  2. Isaac • July 12, 2016 @ 1:26 PM

    You slam those haters, Leslie. And hey, all this controversy is certainly not going to damage the box office sales for Ghostbusters. Keep it up!

  3. C-Dubya • July 12, 2016 @ 1:34 PM

    Its now racist or sexist to say dont mess with a classic. Come up with original ideas!

  4. Greg • July 12, 2016 @ 1:46 PM

    I think a lot of the problem people have with her in the movie is that she isn’t funny. In my experience she is the most cringeworthy personality on SNL rarely making general audiences laugh.

  5. Andrew • July 12, 2016 @ 2:24 PM

    So because we think the movie looks like garbage and does not look funny at all, even if was an all white and all male cast the movie still looks like shit, that makes us sexits, because we think a CGI mess of a movie looks like trash? News flash, most of us don’t even care it’s an all female cast, that is probably the only saving grace the reboot ever had. But male or female cast, the movie looks like shit, and it just looks like they are just mocking and ripping off the first movie. So really, find a new rant, and stop speaking out of your ass.

  6. Mandy • July 12, 2016 @ 3:21 PM

    Leslie Jones is hilarious and I am most certainly excited for this re-make of a classic that I enjoyed as a kid…

    two reasons to see this for me were Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth! Both my favourite actors in a movie!!!!! Um Yes! =))))))

  7. Nora • July 12, 2016 @ 4:14 PM

    What movie out there isn’t a remake I for one can’t wait to take my kids out to watch this. The Last time I saw The Ghost Busters was at a drive in back in the late 80s early 90s. I have a daughter and if she wants to be a ghost buster for Halloween I would find it a honor.

  8. Gwen Collins • July 13, 2016 @ 12:19 AM

    This is an updated version. What’s wrong with female leads? No one said anything when it was all guys in the original version. Time to grow people.
    Having said that, I shall also reserve all judgement until I see this new version. But I have loved the previews so far.

  9. nael • July 13, 2016 @ 1:50 AM

    Time to grow people? What, like sea monkeys?

  10. samantha • July 13, 2016 @ 2:44 PM

    I guess my sense of humour is different than commenters here because all of the ladies in this film are also my fav SNL players. Leslie steals the scene whenever she’s on camera! I love when she guest stars in Weekend Update. She’s got such so much charisma. I can’t wait to see this film.

  11. Kevin Tinsley • July 16, 2016 @ 9:16 PM

    All of Ms. Jones’ posturing and speeches will not divert the fact that this movie is …just… not…funny.

    In a month or two, this movie will be forgotten. Because it was a terrible script and a bad movie. No other reason.

    Not the casts fault.

  12. Mindy • July 17, 2016 @ 6:44 PM

    Kevin, you obviously have not seen the movie. The script is hilarious and it’s a fantastic cast. Why don’t you actually watch something before commenting? I know guys don’t like the idea that girls can do something just as well, if not better, but get used to it. After years of oppression, we’re allowed to study what we want, to become what we want, including comedians. Whether or not you like it.

  13. Kevin Tinsley • July 18, 2016 @ 7:38 AM

    Mindy;

    I did watch this before commenting. I sat in a full theatre where the “laughs” were nothing more than quiet chuckles in a few places.

    The “laughs” were from outrageous one liners, rather than the grounded, character based comedy scenes (like Bridesmaids) that make you fall out of your seat gasping for air.

    I was excited about this movie, as I am a huge fan of Bridesmaids (one of the best comedies ever), and know what this cast (Wiig and McCarthy) and the Director/writer (Feig) are capable of.

    I feel sorry that you are pinning all of your “Hollywood needs to change” ideals on such a terrible, forgettable movie.

    Nothing I say will change your point of view, and I am not trying to.

    A few months from now, no one will be talking about scenes in this movie. And ultimately that is the test.

    5 years after Bridesmaids, I can still rattle off about scenes in that movie that made me fall on the floor gasping (i.e the airplane scene (“Stove”), the scene in the bridal shop, the scene where Wiig and Byrnes try to get the attention of her cop love interest, etc.).

    Right now, I can’t even remember one scene in this movie that stands out as funny, and worthy of recounting at the water cooler.

    Honestly, can you?

  14. John • July 18, 2016 @ 3:02 PM

    I saw this on the weekend. Very disappointed, awful, awful script. Not a good adult comedy, but still OK to take your kids to see. Not the actresses fault. Just baaaad writing. 1.5/4 stars.

    Just not funny.

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