Kristen Wiig 'Bummed Out' By 'Ghostbusters' Backlash

Kristen Wiig
Kristen Wiig

There was something strange and it didn’t look good for some fans when it was announced that an all-female cast would lead the “Ghostbusters” reboot.

Naturally, Twitter reacted with a torrent of comment – some negative – to find paranormal-fighting heroes in Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon replacing the former all-boys club cast that featured Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson.

The vitriol surprised star Wiig, who re-teams with McCarthy after their girl-power howler “Bridesmaids.”

“The fact there was so much controversy because we were women was surprising to me,” she revealed to the LA Times during an interview to promote her new film “Nasty Baby.” “Some people said some really not nice things about the fact that there were women. It didn’t make me mad, it just really bummed me out. We’re really honoring those movies.”

Of course, there were females for girls to identify with in the 1984 hit – a damsel in distress played by Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts as a secretary. This time around, God-among-men “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth, who at 6’3″ – ironically and laughably – has been relegated to fighting evildoers by answering the phone lines as a receptionist in director Paul Feig’s reboot.

The filmmaker previously told Variety that the comments were “some of the most vile, misogynistic s— I’ve ever seen in my life.”

“I figure it’s some wacked-out teenager,” he said of the comments. “But almost constantly it’s someone who’s bio says ‘Proud father of two!’ And has some high-end job. You’re raising children and yet you’re bashing me about putting women in my movie?”