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How successful or anticipated any given movie will be is like the lottery. No matter how hard you try or wish, you can't predict if you'll be successful. Nobody knows this well enough than the cast and crew of the new Ghostbusters movie. Months before the film was released, it had already garnered an insane amount of hate, largely from anonymous online commenters. And now that the film was released, to fairly positive reviews, those haters have taken to twitter to harass actress Leslie Jones. Not simply attacking the film and her performance, the tweets have been unapologetically racist and even threatening.
In response to Leslie Jones' harassment, many Hollywood figures have come to her defense and brought attention to the racism and sexism that is still clearly present in the world. The most recent of these advocates is none other than original Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd, who had some harsh words for the trolls who have been attacking Jones.
These people. First of all they're insignificant gnats. They're losers. They have no lives of their own. They can probably barely pay for the wi-fi they're using. Probably no jobs. I would say you're looking at obese white men between 50 and 60 who are active Klan members or members of the Aryan Nation. And there are millions of them.
Damn, Dan! He's not kidding around, and I can't say that I blame him.
Dan Aykroyd had the opportunity to work with Leslie Jones during his cameo in the new Ghostbusters, and clearly thinks very highly of her. Earlier in the interview, which comes to us from ET Canada, he praised Jones both professionally and personally. He pointed out how the actress and comedienne was able to create a successful career with relatively little help; she attended college on an athletic scholarship and changed majors many times to find her truth. She struggled with her career as a stand-up comedian, taking a break from the business after some unfavorable reviews and being booed off stage when opening for Jamie Foxx. And as an SNL alum, Aykroyd understands just what it takes to be successful in the live sketch comedy series.
Check out Dan Aykroyd's full appearance on ET Canada below.
While Dan Aykroyd ended up getting political toward the end of the segment, his defense of Leslie Jones was surely warranted. Jones has always been a target of ignorant and racist remarks, but it has truly reached another level after the release of Ghostbusters. The actress recently fired back at her haters, responding to and reporting them and calling for Twitter to step in and rectify the situation. And with the support of her Hollywood peers, she succeeded in raising awareness for online harassment, as well as racism in the country.
What do you think of Dan Aykroyd's statement? Did he get a little too riled up, or was it just enough?
Ghostbusters is in theaters now.