It probably didn’t go over too well with Sony brass when the director of their new Ghosbusters reboot seemingly insulted every fan on the planet.
“Geek culture is home to some of the biggest a–holes I’ve ever met in my life,” Feig is quoted as stating.
Now, however, it’s being said Paul Feig made those comments last year, and that the comments were taken out of context.
The NYDailyNews has since updated their article to make a correction noting the comments were from last year, and Feig has updated with the following (read Feig’s full comment in the tweet below):
“My quote was in answer to the question, ‘Has the paradigm shifted to a point where (because geek culture is currently so popular) the geek is the asshole now? I very much regret saying in my answer that I had actually met any assholes from the geek community. I have never met anyone from the geek world face-to-face who wasn’t a warm, kind person.
The a–holes of which I speak are the ones who live online, who write those hateful tweets and posts and comments. I’m not talking about the people who have true concerns and worries about the rebooting of a franchise they love, nor am I talking about people who have watched the trailer for our movie and didn’t like it. Those are all valid opinions and I respect them all. I am talking about those that write misogyny and hate and threats. Those are the assholes of which I spoke.
The bullies are not the norm and I would dare say they are not even true geeks,. They are the micro minority. God bless the true geeks of the world and here’s to taking our community back from the bullies.
In case you have trouble opening my last link, here is my text in picture form. Thanks. pic.twitter.com/9NbvUU4AiL
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) May 9, 2016
“Ghostbusters” has a July 15 2016 release directed by Paul Feig also starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Charles Dance and Michael Kenneth Williams.
Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This summer, they’re here to save the world!