Leslie Jones is opening up concerning the racist and sexist messages she acquired on social media following the discharge of her 2016 Ghostbusters movie, in addition to calling out Jason Reitman for his previous feedback on the film.
In her new memoir, Leslie F*cking Jones, the comic and actress regarded again at her profession and life to date, together with her starring position within the female-led Ghostbusters film alongside Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. She additionally addressed Jason Reitman’s statements in 2019 concerning the Paul Feig-directed movie, calling them “unforgivable.”
When Reitman revealed that he was directing a sequel, Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021), to his late father’s authentic 1984 and 1989 Ghostbusters films, he famous on the time that he was “not making the Juno of Ghostbusters films,” referencing his 2007 movie centered on a pregnant teen woman.
“We’re in each approach attempting to return to authentic approach and hand the film again to the followers,” he added throughout an episode of Invoice Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast.
After receiving backlash, the director took to X (previously Twitter) to make clear that his feedback “got here out unsuitable.” He continued, “I’ve nothing however admiration for Paul and Leslie and Kate and Melissa and Kristen and the bravery with which they made Ghostbusters 2016. They expanded the universe and made an incredible film!”
However even after he supplied clarification, Jones wrote in her memoir that “the injury was accomplished.
“Mentioning the concept of giving the film ‘again to the followers’ was a fairly clear shout-out to all these losers who went after us for making an all-female [movie],” she wrote. Jones went on to recall the “on-line abuse” that flooded her social media even earlier than the film premiered, saying she “received taken via the ringer.
“Why are individuals being so evil to one another? How will you sit and kind ‘I wish to kill you.’ Who does that?” she added in her memoir. “Unhappy keyboard warriors residing of their mom’s basements hated the truth that this hallowed work of excellent artwork now featured — gasp! horror! — girls within the lead roles. Worst of all, in fact, was that one of many lead characters was a Black girl. For some males this was the ultimate straw.”
Jones beforehand voiced her disappointment in 2019 that Reitman’s Ghostbusters venture was ignoring the female-led reboot.
“So insulting. Like fuck us. We dint depend,” she wrote on social media on the time. “It’s like one thing trump would do. (Trump voice) ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, higher with males, will probably be large. These girls ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying. Such a dick transfer. And I don’t give fuck I’m saying one thing!!”
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Reitman’s rep for remark.
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