Welcome to 2016 — a year where even something as everyday as Ghostbusters can become political.
According to Judd Apatow, the haters behind an online backlash against this year’s all-female movie reboot of the 1984 classic are probably Donald Trump supporters.
Apatow spoke out after the remake was plunged into controversy with the latest promo film becoming the most disliked trailer in YouTube history — with more than 850,000 dislikes at the time of writing.
Director Paul Feig and the stars have also been inundated with sexist abuse from trolls who have seemingly taken a strong dislike to the fact the stars are all women.
Apatow told Uproxx:
I would assume there’s a very large crossover of people who are doubtful Ghostbusters will be great and people excited about the Donald Trump candidacy. I would assume they are the exact same people.
He also blasted the trolls for being unable to seemingly handle the fact that we now live in a world where an all-female Ghostbusters is actually possible.
Apatow added: “It will be judged on its own greatness.”
Star Melissa McCarthy also recently hit out at the trolls, saying: “I just hope they find a friend.”
The Ghostbusters reboot is out on July 15.