Ernie Hudson has been backtracking a few of his more choice comments regarding the all Female Ghostbusters movie that Paul Feig is putting together starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. It’s not all that unexpected though, Hudson’s first public reaction to the announcement of the movie went nuts around the Internet both with support and outrage from long time fans and others. While Hudson’s initial thoughts made some great click gathering posts, I never really thought he was the kind of guy that, after reflection, would be against anything that helped revitalize the Ghostbusters franchise… or possibly provide some future work and a paycheck. What exactly did he say and how does he feel now?
Back in October Hudson had this initial reaction:
I heard [the new Ghostbusters] was going to be a total reboot, and that it would have nothing to do with the other two movies … If it has nothing to do with the other two movies, and it’s all female, then why are you calling it Ghostbusters?
I love females. I hope that if they go that way at least they’ll be funny, and if they’re not funny at least hopefully it’ll be sexy. I love the idea of including women, I think that’s great. But all-female I think would be a bad idea. I don’t think the fans want to see that.Maybe it will come out and be the most amazing thing, but in my opinion I think it would be wrong to do another movie that didn’t include the guys. And that didn’t include me!
Of course every media site went with these comments either lambasting Hudson, trying to have his back while not being or appearing to be misogynistic, or just throwing up their hands in disbelief. My first reaction was mixed, much like Hudson’s must have been. I was disappointed we would not get another Ghostbusters movie with Aykroyd, Murray, or Hudson, but excited that we might get a new generation of Ghostbusters. Now I have only met and talked with Hudson at a few conventions, so I don’t really know him, but I’ve never seen him be anything but gracious to fans. I found myself hoping he wasn’t really going to stick to his guns on those first comments.
Well, the eventual change of mind many of us were expecting actually started with Hudson making a backhanded, basically snide comment by making “No Comment.”
Hudson quickly deleted that tweet, but the Internet being the Internet, where nothing is ever really deleted, the “No Comment” comment will always be there for all to see. I’d like to think this is the moment that Hudson realized that he was hurting himself and Ghostbusters with his stance on the new movie.
Thankfully, for those of us that are Ernie Hudson fans, THR reached out to Hudson and he took that opportunity to reposition his position.
Four fiercely funny, foxy, females busting ghosts … phenomenal!
Now we’ll have a few rounds of people roasting Hudson for changing his mind, questioning if he really has changed his mind, or just folks that want to point at him and make a joke or two. Yes it is a 180 turn around, and probably motivated more by keeping open the possibility of a cameo or role in the new movies at some point. Hey, the man has to earn a living after all.
What do you think?
Are you willing to let Hudson change his mind and move forward?