GHOSTBUSTERS 2016 Star Leslie Jones Calls Out AFTERLIFE Director Jason Reitman For "Unforgivable" Comments

GHOSTBUSTERS 2016 Star Leslie Jones Calls Out AFTERLIFE Director Jason Reitman For "Unforgivable" Comments GHOSTBUSTERS 2016 Star Leslie Jones Calls Out AFTERLIFE Director Jason Reitman For "Unforgivable" Comments

Leslie Jones played one of the leads in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, and the actress/comedian was not happy about comments made by Afterlife director Jason Reitman while promoting his film...

By MarkCassidy - Sep 23, 2023 08:09 AM EST
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It's probably accurate to say that many people had written-off 2016's female-led Ghostbusters reboot long before it was released, but, unfair prejudgements aside, the movie did little to silence its doubters when it did arrive in theaters and turned out to be... well, not great!

While it was far from the disaster it's often portrayed as, the decision to completely ignore the events of the original movies didn't go over well with fans - something Jason Reitman sought to rectify with his direct follow-up, 2021's Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

While promoting the film on Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast, Reitman said that he was “trying to go back to the original technique and hand the movie back to the fans," adding: “I’m not making the Juno of Ghostbusters movies. This is gonna be a love letter to Ghostbusters. I want to make a movie for my fellow Ghostbusters fans.”

Though Reitman would later clarify his comments (see below), Ghostbusters 2016 star Leslie Jones feels the "damage was done" at that point, and has called the filmmaker out in her new autobiography, "Leslie F*cking Jones."

“Bringing up the idea of giving the movie ‘back to the fans’ was a pretty clear shout-out to all those losers who went after us for making an all-female [movie]," wrote the SNL alum.

Jones and her castmates were the victim of some pretty heinous comments, but, as the only Black woman on the team, Leslie core the brunt of the backlash.

"Why are people being so evil to each other? How can you sit and type 'I want to kill you.' Who does that?" she wrote. "Sad keyboard warriors living in their mother's basements hated the fact that this hallowed work of perfect art now featured — gasp! horror! — women in the lead roles. Worst of all, of course, was that one of the lead characters was a Black woman. For some men this was the final straw."

True... but it's also true that a lot of Ghostbusters fans - male and female - simply didn't think very much of the movie! Reitman is currently working (as a producer) on an untitled Afterlife sequel, which will be directed by Gil Kenan.

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ewelchd2 - 9/23/2023, 10:46 AM
She was in a shit Ghostbusters movie. I didn’t really care much for the newer one either but hers was shit and it didn’t have anything to do with women or black women. I wanted to like it, it just wasn’t very good. She’s pretty good in SOME things but not most and Ghostbusters (2016) was certainly not one of them
FelixRay - 9/24/2023, 9:39 AM
That was 2019, im sure she's forgiven him by now, especially since he apologized, but after some of these abuse she's seen, I can see where she'd be touchy.

As an aging boomer who was old enough to buy beer and go to a lot of movies in 1984, to me the original Ghostbusters seems vastly overrated by subsequent generations. To me, it's a great time, but it's also a seedbed of cringey 80s cliches and script devices. The hero is shown in the beginning, torturing a male student with electricity, so he can manipulate a female student into sex.

Now, I'm not going to go all SJW here. It's a funny scene, no one is going to take away the message that torture is cool. However, as with every 80s comedy about a wisecracking hero who plays by his own rules, the movie compensates for bad behavior by the hero by falling all over itself to let us know that we're supposed to root for this guy, mostly by surrounding him and his fellow Ghostbusters with pointedly unattractive male characters.

It's ironic, because pointedly unattractive minor male characters, "misandry" was a criticism of the 2016 film, but none of the male characters in "Answer the Call', except for the actual villain, are as deliberately unlikable as the smug Dean who fires the Ghostbusters, the effete hotel clerk who tries to stiff them, the effeminate musician with a bottle of nasal spray, and the reckless, hot-headed EPA inspector, who insists on unplugging the containment vault against all logic and good sense. Eighties movies were always a little too obvious about telling the audience who to root for, and

None of this is meant to imply that Ghostbusters (1984) isn't a terrific comedy, but to me, someone who saw a lot of movies, it's just a comedy.

Also, if you're one of those people who weep ecstaticly while discussing Ghostbusters 1984, like everyone in the documentary GHOSTHEADS, that sort of love is sacred, and I would never presume to tell you that you're wrong.

But there's a lot to recommend "ANSWER THE CALL". The comedy is more improvised than scripted, so it's not as funny, but it's a lot more fun to see the talented veteran principles play off each other, even after the jokes have lost their surprise in repeated viewings . It's more of an ensemble film than the original, and the action is much better developed. The women in ATC actually fight ghosts in the climax. The climax in the original pretty much comes down to "cross the streams".

I would add that,unfortunately, the "extended" edition of ATC that seems to be all we have on DVD and streaming platforms, doesn't hold together as well f0r me as the lost theatrical cut, though years Katerina, can no longer articulate why I believe that.

If not for all this controversy, these two films wouldn't need to be disscussed like this. IMO, one is vastly overrated, and the other is vastly underrated, but out of this context, they're just two installments in a classic franchise, flawed but entertaining. I love every Ghostbusters movie. The latest installment may be my favorite.

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