This is how much Melissa McCarthy cares about online criticism about her new film: not a darn bit.
McCarthy, 45, stars in the new all-female reboot of the 1984 classic, Ghostbusters, along with Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. The first official trailer was released on March 3, 2016, and has already polarized fans of the franchise. At the moment, 245,750 YouTube users give the trailer a thumbs-up, and a surprising 853,806 of viewers dislike it.
McCarthy isn’t paying much attention to the criticisms about the movie and uses this instance to call out the ridiculousness of sexism in film representations. “All those comments — ‘You’re ruining my childhood!’ I mean, really,” the actress stated. “Four women doing any movie on earth will destroy your childhood? I have a visual of those people not having a Ben [Falcone, McCarthy’s husband of 10 years], 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.”
McCarthy also defends the more quirky roles she’s played, such as Megan in Bridesmaids. “People say to me, ‘These characters are crazy’, and I’m like, ‘Are they?’” McCarthy said in an interview with The Guardian. “Because I’ve seen three people in a Rite Aid drugstore act like that. I think when a female character acts more defiant, it’s seen as a little more crazy.” She adds, “There are women in the world like this, we’re just not used to seeing them portrayed. We generally just see The Pleasant Lady who stands behind her husband going ‘Oh, Jack.’ But I really love a female character who is not playing by the rules.”
Watch the official trailer for Ghostbusters below: