While a ton of folks openly embraced the idea of an all-female Ghosbusters reboot, one of the film's original cast members was less than enthused by the project. While he certainly has a right to express his dissatisfaction with a reboot of the franchise happening in the first place, Ernie Hudson's sexist remarks towards the new, all-female Ghostbusters cast that he made this past October were majorly gross, disappointing, and unwarranted. Apparently, however, a significant change in attitude has occurred during the time between Hudson's comments in October and the recent announcement that the official Ghostbusters 3 cast features Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ernie Hudson recently prasied the Ghostbusters 3 cast as "Four fiercely funny, foxy, females busting ghosts ... phenomenal!"
I'm going to assume that referring to the women as "females" was strictly for alliteration purposes. In that same thought, I'll also give Hudson the benefit of the doubt when it comes to his apparent change of heart — which, admittedly, still feels a little suspicious, particularly because of the now-deleted "No comment" tweet he posted immediately after the cast announcement. Unfortunately, Hudson wasn’t the only person to have a sexist reaction to the all-female Ghostbusters cast, so maybe, just maybe, he was feeling defensive and the aforementioned tweet was simply a knee-jerk reaction to anticipated backlash from those who haven’t quite let go of his initial response to the film.
Although being adamantly opposed to Ghostbusters 3 and deeming it an awful idea that fans don't want to see — as his original comments stated, in addition to being hugely sexist — is a far stretch from referring to that same film as "phenomenal," let's just hope that Hudson's newly adopted perspective is coming from a place of authenticity. Take a look at Hudson's enthusiastic tweet about the all-female Ghostbusters cast below:
And as for you, Mr. Hudson, here's a stern side-eye for the road: