Comedian and actor Leslie Jones has voiced her disappointment at the revelation of a new Ghostbusters movie, saying the planned sequel will effectively disregard the female-led 2016 reboot of the classic film series.
Taking to Twitter, Jones said the new film – which is reportedly set in the immediate aftermath of the initial 1980s films, and is rumoured to star children – will negate the efforts of herself and Ghostbusters co-stars Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Kristen Wiig.
“So insulting. Like fuck us. We dint count,” Jones said.
The Saturday Night Live star also referenced the intense backlash to the 2016 film, which was largely stoked by men incensed at the idea of women being Ghostbusters in the first place.
“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 dick move. And I don’t give fuck I’m saying something!!”
So insulting. Like fuck 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 dick move. And I don’t give fuck I’m saying something!!— Leslie Jones ???? (@Lesdoggg) January 19, 2019
Jones reiterated her view that scrapping the story established in the 2016 film in favour of returning to the franchise’s roots will send a message that “boys are better”.
It’s very sad that this is response I get.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— Leslie Jones ???? (@Lesdoggg) January 20, 2019
It’s worth remembering exactly how much shit Jones was exposed to at the height of that anti-Ghostbusters mania. She temporarily left Twitter in 2016 after after facing torrents of racial abuse, which was exacerbated by alt-right grifter Milo Yiannopolous. She only returned to the platform after he was issued a ban.
It’s unclear if the new Ghostbusters film will incorporate Jones and the rest of her cast mates in any way, but her tweets suggest they weren’t even informed about the project. If that’s the case, it’s pretty easy to understand the frustration.