“Saturday Night Live” and 2016’s “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones took to Twitter this weekend to share her thoughts on the announcement that (yet another) new “Ghostbusters” is in the works, this one unaffiliated with the all-female reboot.
“So insulting,” Jones wrote Sunday, in response to a Tweet asking director Jason Reitman to bring back the characters from 2016. “Like [expletive] 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 [expletive] move. And I don’t [expletive] I’m saying something!!”
After Reitman’s announcement about the upcoming ”Ghostbusters” last week, he confirmed that the film will be in the same universe as the original “Ghostbusters” (directed by his father, Ivan Reitman), and have no connection to the 2016 endeavor, directed by Paul Feig.
Feig’s “Ghostbusters,” which filmed in Boston, was hotly contested, even before it premiered to mixed reviews (the Globe gave it 2½ stars and called it “pretty good”). Following the movie’s release, Jones was the target of a vicious cyber campaign that involved reportedly releasing private information and nude photos of the comedian on her personal website. During that time, she was repeatedly harassed on Twitter, which led to accounts like that of Milo Yiannopoulos getting banned and Jones taking a break from social media.
Much like 2016, a number of Twitter users attacked Jones’s comments. Feig replied in support of Jones, writing on Twitter: “And absolute honest to God never ending supply of [expletive] and hate from these trolls. Leslie spoke her truth and I support her. I am very open to Jason’s new version of GB but am also sad that our 2016 team may not get to bust again. We all are. We’re forever proud of our movie.”
“It’s very sad that this is response I get,” Jones wrote after her original tweet. “When the point is if they make this new one with all men and it does well which it will. It might feel that ‘boys are better’ it makes my heart drop. Maybe I could have use different words but I’m allowed to have my feelings just like them.”Lillian Brown can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @lilliangbrown.