Ghostbusters director Paul Feig blames the Presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for the reboot backlash

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From Digital Spy

The Ghostbusters reboot from 2016 one of the most divisive films in recent memory, and very little of that division has to do with the quality of the film itself. People got mad about there being four female Ghostbusters.

While some fans were upset that it wasn't another outing for Bill Murray and co, director Paul Feig feels the backlash towards the film was indicative of a wider pushback against women and minorities that were, in part, stoked by Donald Trump in the Presidential race against Hillary Clinton.

"I think some really brilliant author needs to write a book about 2016 and how intertwined we were with Hillary and the anti-Hillary movement," he said on SiriusXM.

Photo credit: Sony Pictures
Photo credit: Sony Pictures

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"It was just this year and everyone was at a boiling point. I don’t know if it was having an African American president for eight years teed them up, they were just ready to explode.

"There's tapes of Donald Trump going 'now the Ghostbusters are only women, what's going on?'

"It’s crazy how people got nuts about women trying to be empowered or be in positions they weren’t normally in, and it was an ugly, ugly year."

Photo credit: Sony Pictures
Photo credit: Sony Pictures

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The franchise went in a different direction after the 2016 movie, returning to original canon with the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

Many cast members are set to return, while the first trailer has a subtle hint as to how a past villain could return.

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