The 2016 all-female reboot of Ghostbusters received polarizing responses from fans. Plans for the sequels have been canceled and, instead, they continued the original franchise with a third film titled Ghostbusters: Afterlife which is coming in November. Five years after the reboot was released, one of its stars reflected back on the backlash that the film got.
In a recent interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, Melissa McCarthy, one of the stars of the 2016 reboot, was asked to reflect on the toxic responses that the film got during the release. "There's no end to stories we can tell, and there's so many reboots and relaunches and different interpretations, and to say any of them are wrong, I just don't get it," she said. "I don't get the fight to see who can be the most negative and the most hate-filled. Everybody should be able to tell the story they want to tell. If you don't want to see it, you don't have to see it."
It seems like McCarthy is pointing to the fact that the hate that they got for the film was too much and she is right about that. Some of the responses that they received were just sexist and misogynistic. Leslie Jones, who also starred in the film, was bullied on social media with racist attacks. None of the people who worked on the film deserved the hate that they got. Fans are welcome to express their dismay on their beloved franchise, but they shouldn't cross any line or personally attack someone. People should be reminded that we should be civilized when engaging in fan conversations or interact with celebrities online, even if we disagree with them.
Even though the 2016 reboot received backlash from some fans, it was still received well by critics. Unfortunately, it wasn't a huge box office success and there were no follow-up installments that came after. Now, we have Ghostbusters: Afterlife which will focus on the grandchildren of Dr. Egon Spengler and is expected to feature the appearances of the main characters from the original films.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is set to be released in theaters on November 19.