Leslie Jones is very unhappy with the next Ghostbusters film. Why? Because she ain’t in it.
Jones was one of the ensemble of women who appeared in the previous iteration of the comedy ghost film. She starred in 2016’s Ghostbusters reboot which also featured Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon. The all-female version of the property was not a big hit, to say the least. Indeed, it barely made back the $144 million it cost to make the thing and it took all the overseas ticket sales to do even that.
In any case, yet another Ghostbusters film is in production and guess what… Jones and her female co-stars are not part of it.
And that has Jones furious.
“So insulting. Like fuck us. We dint count,” Leslie Jones tweeted last Saturday. ‘It’s like something Trump would do. (Trump voice) ”Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying. Such a dick move. And I don’t give fuck I’m saying something!!”
So insulting. Like fuck us. We dint count. It’s like something trump would do. (Trump voice)”Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers” ugh so annoying. Such a dick move. And I don’t give fuck I’m saying something!!
— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) January 19, 2019
Of course, this is all just sour grapes. Jones’ version of the property just wasn’t all that successful and so not worthy of follow up.
Not only that, but the new one is being touted as a direct sequel to the originals, unlike Jones’ version which was a separate story not connected to the originals.
Sony greenlit Ghostbusters 3 as a sequel that will ignore the 2016 reboot and pick up where the 1989 Ghostbusters 2 left off.
But there is another aspect of Jones’ complaint that rings hollow. She hinted that her version of the film was being ignored solely because it starred women. But the upcoming film will star girls in the lead because it has been announced that the cast will star two boys and two girls, all four teenagers.
Let’s hope this new Ghostbusters does not portray all its male characters as either stupid or evil as Jones’ version of the series did.
In the end, all Leslie Jones has here is bitterness that she isn’t being considered for the next movie. She has no serious grievance at all. It’s just whiny, sour grapes masquerading as social justice claptrap.
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