How important is it to portray women as strong leading characters in movies? Allow Kristen Wiig to demonstrate.
Wiig and her co-stars attended the long-awaited premiere of their all-female reboot of Ghostbusters over the weekend. In case you’ve been under a rock for the last year, the film has brought out some of the ugliest bottom dwellers on the internet to shout about how a movie that originally starred all men in leading roles couldn’t possibly be done by women — that it won’t be funny, that ladies should stop acting and start making more sandwiches, etc., etc. Barf.
Hopefully this photo snapped at the premiere will shut those losers right up.
Look at these childhoods that have been ruined! pic.twitter.com/DBUX0swyvS
— Zach Heltzel (@zachheltzel) July 11, 2016
In the snap, Wiig meets with some young fans dressed in Ghostbusters costumes, high-fiving them on the red carpet. They’re both girls, and OMG LOOK AT THEIR FACES.
Social media lit up with the photo and commentary about what the new Ghostbusters movie could do for little girls who are searching for heroes in a male-dominated action movie landscape. Twitter user Anna Spiess compiled the photo with a few other images of young female fans meeting with Rey from Star Wars (Daisy Ridley) and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), captioning the tweet, “This is important.”
“It is important for young girls to realize that they, after all, are a valid part of this society and can be anyone they want to be, even a GHOSTBUSTER!” Spiess said in an interview with Buzzfeed News about her tweet. “I haven’t seen the new Ghostbusters yet, but whether it is good or not, I can say that girls are finally starting to become a part of the film industry, and I can see change coming. So, strong leading ladies are more than important. Girls can be heroes too.”
We couldn’t agree more.