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There's no question that the new Ghostbusters movie has been the subject of innumerable controversies on its way into theaters. Now that the movie is finally out one would assume that things would eventually die down, but the film has once again found itself in hot water. A seemingly pro-Hillary Clinton tweet was recently removed from the Ghostbusters official Twitter account after receiving criticism from conservatives. Now, director Paul Feig has once again spoken out in defense of the movie and to clarify his own position on the matter.
On Wednesday, a tweet was deleted from the Ghostbusters account that was in defense of women and breaking through the glass ceiling. The tweet did not mention Hillary Clinton by name, but it included an image Kate McKinnon's character in the reboot. The message was "Boo-yah, we smashed your glass ceiling. There was a ghost behind it. #ImWithHer #BustTheCeiling #Ghostbusters." The problem some people found in the tweet was mainly focused on the #ImWithHer, which has become both a slogan and a rallying cry for Hillary supporters. The tweet has since been deleted by Sony executives.
Paul Feig spoke with The Wrap to set the record straight that neither himself nor any producers would have deleted the tweet; it was a decision that came down from people at Sony. Feig was reportedly surprised when he learned about the decision, and didn't regret that the tweet was posted. He stated to The Wrap,
We are pro-woman and all about smashing the glass ceiling and we support the message of this deleted tweet.
He also went on to say that he personally is a supporter of Hillary Clinton. As to why Sony deleted the tweet, they explained their reasoning in a press statement,
The tweet was never intended to be a political endorsement. It was a shout-out to our own glass ceiling-busters.
They were presumably referring to the stars of the movie Mellisa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon. Even though the tweet supposedly wasn't making a political stance, it was still deleted.
This is the latest in a long line of controversy that has surrounded the supernatural comedy. One of the films trailers was the most disliked trailer on Youtube ever. The stars and filmmakers have also been the subjects of online harassment, including death threats. Paul Feig has spoken out before on the haters, personally fed up with the level of abuse directed toward the film. Leslie Jones herself was the recent target of a Twitter hate campaign that expelled several accounts of those who participated.
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