Melissa McCarthy has clapped back against the online criticism and verbal mudslinging surrounding the forthcoming Ghostbusters remake. The actress, who stars alongside Kristin Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon in the all-female group of paranormal-crime fighters, was recently profiled by The Guardian. In the extensive piece, she offers a few digs on the film's detractors, many of whom are anonymous keyboard warriors and Twitter trolls.
She told the newspaper:
“All those comments—‘You’re ruining my childhood!’ I mean, really...four women doing any movie on earth will destroy your childhood? 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.”
The Daily Dot points out that the sour sentiment is nothing new. Earlier this month, Kristin Wiig said that the occasionally sexist backlash “really just bummed me out.” Leslie Jones has also defended her role in the film, which has been chalked up to Hollywood's penchant for racial stereotyping. There are other, more positive things currently transpiring in McCarthy's life however, chief among which is Netflix's forthcoming Gilmore Girls reboot. In March, it was announced that she'd return to the show to reprise her old role, and the general consensus among fans has been pretty joyous since then.