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Controversy Over New Ghostbusters Film 'Bummed Out' Kristen Wiig

Illustration for article titled Controversy Over New iGhostbusters /iFilm Bummed Out Kristen Wiig

Ever since the Ghostbusters remake was first announced, the film has faced criticism and controversy from fans of the original who are appalled that four talented women have dared to portray the paranormal investigating quartet.

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Wiig told the L.A. Times that Ghostbusters was the first movie she’s been involved in that has drummed up this kind of attention. “The fact there was so much controversy because we were women was surprising to me,” Wiig said. “Some people said some really not nice things about the fact that there were women. It didn’t make me mad, it just really bummed me out. We’re really honoring those movies.”

Wiig will fight ghosts alongside Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones. Stars from the original 1984 flick, including Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, will be making appearances in the new film, directed by Paul Feig. It hits theaters on July 22, 2016.

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DISCUSSION

Not sure “controversy” is the right word to describe what surrounds the Ghostbusters remake. “Controversy” implies some legitimate material dispute of facts, interpretations, or values. This is just a mass man-child temper tantrum.