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Paul Feig Slams Sexist ‘Ghostbusters’ Haters & Hollywood Producers: I’ve Heard ‘The Most Misogynistic Stuff’

"It’s just an uphill battle and I can’t believe we are having to deal with it."

Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones in Ghostbusters

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Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” reboot continues to face backlash ahead of its release next month, and the filmmaker continues to push back against it. “I have been hit with the most misogynistic stuff,” he said at the Produced By Conference yesterday. “The onslaught that came in was just so chilling.” According to the “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat” director, this isn’t the first time he’s dealt with it: on one of those earlier projects (he didn’t specify which), Feig “had some male producer say, ‘Oh boy, get ready. It’s going to be tough, you’re going to have catfights'” because the film in question featured more than one female lead. His response? “I said, ‘Who the f— are you?’ It was the most wonderful experience I’ve had.”

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Feig’s new take on “Ghostbusters” stars four women as the eponymous quartet, with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones taking over for the likes of Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. At yesterday’s event, which serves the Producers Guild of America’s official trade conference, Feig said that he deals with criticism from people who have yet to see the upcoming movie every day. “It’s my fourth film and we are struggling every day to go against that bias. We still get called in the press as a ‘chick flick.’ We are always referred to as the all-female ‘Ghostbusters.’ It’s just an uphill battle and I can’t believe we are having to deal with it.”

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“I feel bad that many have taken a bad look at Leslie Jones’ character,” he continued. “We originally wrote it for Melissa, and then when we were putting it together, we figured Melissa had played a role like that before. Leslie is so funny at playing this kind of a character that we put her in there.” Still, Feig doesn’t believe he’s entirely above criticism in this regard: “I am the first to admit, while I am a fighter for women, my record for diversity has not been as good and I take responsibility for that.”

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