Hell hath no fury like a Leslie Jones scorned, and you would think Jason Reitman would know that. Jason announced he was rebooting Ghostbusters, the movie his dad, Ivan Reitman, directed back in the 80s. Only, instead of remembering the all-lady Ghostbusters that came out a few years ago, Jason said his reboot will just build off the story lines from the movies his dad did back in the day. Men revolted on the lady version of Ghostbusters as much as they have revolted on Gillette for that toxic masculinity ad, so I’m sure the dudes of American will be stoked. Alas, Leslie Jones, who was part of the female-led Ghostbusters, is none too pleased.
The Hollywood Reporter said Leslie compared Jason’s male-focused reboot to some kind of stunt Donald Trump would pull and dragged Jason for not including her, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon in his reboot.
So insulting. Like fuck us. We dint count. 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 dick move. And I don’t give fuck I’m saying something!!
— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) January 19, 2019
Leslie also tagged Melissa and their director, Paul Feig, in her tweet. While nobody who has worked on the new film has said anything about Leslie going off, there has been backlash about the reboot essentially ignoring the female-led version never happened. A British journalist even wrote an open letter to Jason chiding him for misogyny and nepotism (and even throws shade about how he has about as much right to Ghostbusters as Sofia Coppola does to The Godfather). I don’t fully get Leslie’s comparison to Donald Trump, but I guess if you gave the ghost in the Ghostbusters logo an orange tint, it’d look like him?
Jason only dropped the teaser trailer for the new film, so we still don’t know about casting and if Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, or Ernie Hudson will be back. Alas, the 2016 version of the movie netted over $200 million at the box office and good reviews AND was another example of why not to fuck with Leslie after she called out snooty designers for not wanting to dress her. Somehow, I think Jason’s going to have to cast more women in his reboot because it’s much better to have Leslie rooting your ass on like it’s the Olympics than have her pop off like it’s Jessica Alba’s cleaning products.
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