The 'Ghostbusters' Backlash Is Not As Bad As It Seems, According To Judd Apatow

The Ghostbusters reboot is almost here, and people are amped. Well, most people — there have been some horrendously sexist reactions to the new Ghostbusters because of the all-female casting of the film, with more than a few fans calling out the new film for "ruining their childhoods," among other crimes. The trailer is even the most-disliked in Youtube history, and everyone from Kristen Wiig to Dan Aykroyd has had to come out in support of the film. Now, another major player in Hollywood is sharing his thoughts about the reactions to the reboot. Speaking to Bustle, Judd Apatow, who previously collaborated with Ghostbusters director Paul Feig on Bridesmaids, says that he thinks the criticism the movie's received so far has been overblown.

"I don’t even think that's real," Apatow says of the backlash, speaking during promotion for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. "What happened is there’s a few loud people and everybody thinks that’s what people are saying, but the truth is it’s like, 2,000 guys who live in their parents’ basements making all of the noise."

Most people, Apatow says, are "super excited" about Ghostbusters. Says the producer, "I think that almost the entire world couldn’t be more excited to have the Ghostbusters with Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy and Kate Mckinnon. I mean, I couldn’t be more excited. So I feel like that’s actually what’s happening [with the backlash], that people turn it into a story. But I don’t think there is a story there."

It's no secret that Apatow is all about supporting women-centric comedies, with movies like Trainwreck and shows like Netflix's Love and HBO's Girls under his belt. He understands, though, that not everyone might feel the same way; the producer quips that he thinks "there’s an overlap between people who are not excited about the female Ghostbusters and people who are very excited about the Donald Trump campaign."

Let Apatow be your guide; if one of the most filmmakers people in Hollywood is in support of an all-women Ghostbusters, then the rest of us should be, too.

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