Paul Feig received a lot of attention over the weekend for comments in the New York Daily News in which he says “Geek culture is home to some of the biggest assholes I’ve ever met in my life.” However, the “Ghostbusters” director points out the quote isn’t new, but rather from an interview conducted in February 2015.
He’s not denying he said that, mind you, but merely providing context: The interview came a week and a half after the “Ghostbusters” cast was announced, resulting in an onslaught of “some of the most hateful tweets, posts and comments I had ever seen.”
“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?'” Feig wrote in a statement, posted online. “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 assholes of which I speak are the ones who live online, who write those hateful tweets and posts and comments,” he added. “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.”
Feig continued by referring to the “bullies” who make up “a very small minority” of every community.
“The bullies are not the norm and I would dare say they are not even true geeks,” he wrote. “They are the micro
minority. God bless the true geeks of the world and here’s to taking our community back from the bullies.”
The Daily News has corrected its story. Opening July 15, “Ghostbusters” stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth.
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
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