Feig says the trailer was screened for the country's most hardcore Ghostbusters fans and they loved it, so everyone on the production team assumed they had a winner on their hands. The high of knowing they had a hit didn't last long, and the online community didn't take long in delivering a very different response.
"And then the second wave comes in and that's when it disseminates out to either haters, or the skeptical, or people who are just mad that we're doing it," says the Ghostbusters director. "And then quickly I saw the dislike numbers were going up very fast. It was this thing where you were like... plenty of people I'm sure didn't like it and I completely get that. But this seemed disproportionately high and fast going up."
For the completed Ghostbusters film, Paul says he does understand some of the hate he's been seeing. He acknowledges that fans of the original Ghostbusters films are nervous about the reboot and would be wary of the project, no matter who was involved with it. He also says much of the comments he sees from people hating the all female cast of Ghostbusters have been misinformed. That group, in particular, is responding to the Feig's statement that haters of Ghostbusters are criticizing the film because they hate women, and Mr. Feig says he never made that statement.
"Everybody on the internet is painting it like I have been saying 'If you don't like it, you're against women.' I've never said that, ever," said Paul Feig. "They take the quotes and they pull one part of the quote. So I understand - I completely get why people are nervous, so you just go... all I can ask is please just judge the movie on its own merits. Don't judge it off a trailer."
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