Speaking to the New York Times about the sexist backlash that has dogged the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, Melissa McCarthy makes a compelling point: If you’re worried about a lady with a proton pack ruining your childhood, you probably didn’t have a great childhood to begin with.
“I think their childhood was pretty much ruined already,” said McCarthy of the small (but shockingly vocal!) contingent of dudes whose reaction to the film has been the intellectual equivalent of a baby pounding its drool-covered fists on the table while screaming. “If this broke it, it was pretty fragile to begin with … Normal, healthy people don’t stand outside, saying, ‘You’re ruining my childhood!’ There’s one nut on every corner in every city that does it.”
New photos added to the Melissa McCarthy Source Gallery from the ELLE Hosts Women In Comedy Event.
Melissa McCarthy Source Gallery > Events > 06-07: ELLE HOSTS WOMEN IN COMEDY EVENT
Who ya gonna call?
For ELLE’s first Women in Comedy issue, the answer was clear: Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Melissa McCarthy, as they unite forces in the most anticipated comedy of the year, Ghostbusters—in theaters July 15.
In this special issue, Will Ferrell fulfills his investigative reporting dreams by interviewing Kristen Wiig; Melissa McCarthy talks to her old friend, shoe designer Brian Atwood, about being a real Hollywood boss lady; Leslie Jones talks being funny and getting noticed on her road to success; and Kate McKinnon reveals that she is, in fact, Justin Bieber.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 31, 2016
There are a couple of rules Hollywood studios have when it comes to making blockbuster movies these days, rules that are as absurd as they are well-established:
1. Audiences don’t want to see a comedy with a female lead.
2. A woman can star in a movie only up to the age of 35.
3. No woman in a movie can be over a UK size 10.
When I mention these rules to Melissa McCarthy – who made her film breakthrough at 41, is a US size 14 (UK 18) and now the most bankable comedy star in the world – she rolls her eyes and gives a what-century-are-we-in shake of her head. “I mean, you just have to think, why not?” she says.
“All those comments – ‘You’re ruining my childhood!’ I mean, really,” McCarthy said. “Four women doing any movie on earth will destroy your childhood?”
She said she imagined angry online commenters as sad individuals who lack friends or a partner, like her husband Ben Falcone.
“I have a visual of those people not having a Ben, not having friends, so they’re just sitting there and spewing hate into this fake world of the internet.”
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