Harold Ramis’ Daughter Speaks Out Against Ghostbusters Backlash

Original ‘Ghostbusters’ daughter Violet Ramis Stiel ain’t afraid of no trolls.

The daughter of late actor Harold Ramis has blasted haters of the ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot with a scathing article at Split Sider… explaining how disappointed he would be at the backslash.

“In his personal life, Harold Ramis was a kind, generous and gracious person,” she wrote. “Professionally, he was always about sharing the spotlight and making the other guy look good. Please, stop using my dad as an excuse to hate the new Ghostbusters. It degrades his memory to spew bile in his name.”

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Of course, Violet is referring to the rather excessive online hate for the recent ‘Ghostbusters’ movie starring Melissa McCarthy and her team of female Ghostbusters. And while there’s no pleasing everyone, it seems that a certain group of fans have taken things a bit far.

‘Ghostbusters’ starring Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Krysten Wiig and Kate McKinnon was torn apart by fans as soon as the concept was revealed – that the new film would revolve around a group of female Ghostbusters.

Soon, the official trailer became the most disliked in YouTube history… and the stars of the movie quickly became subjected to a tirade of online abuse.

However, the ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot has since been well received by critics and currently holds a 74% rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

Back when the original ‘Ghostbusters’ was first released in 1984, Violet was just 7 years old… and while she clearly supports the all-female reboot, she adds that she understands why some fans might not welcome change.

Especially after she was annoyed by ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ cartoon.

“I was so disappointed that they had taken the character away from my dad and so offended that people who liked the cartoon just accepted this new Egon without question,“ she wrote. “'Don’t you feel bad that you’re not in the cartoon?’ I asked one Saturday morning as RGB came on and I changed the channel. He laughed. ‘Umm, no. It’s fine. It’s business, Violet. The cartoon is its own thing.’”

“Let’s be generous and make room for all of the visions and interpretations of what Ghostbusters can be,” Stiel wrote. “I still get annoyed when I see blond cartoon Egon, but who cares?! It’s a 20-year-old cartoon! The new movie is not the original and it’s not trying to be. Give it a chance and go see it! Or don’t, that’s fine. But resist the urge to hold on so tightly to the past that you choke off new life.”

And it sounds as though Stiel give her full support to the new Ghostbusters.

“Let’s give my nine-year-old daughter a chance to put on a proton pack and feel like a badass,” she wrote. “In the spirit of my dad and his love for movies and comedy above all, I’ll be there for Ghostbusters 2016 opening weekend with my kids, eating popcorn, wearing my Egon Spengler tribute pin, cheering on the new crew, and laughing loudly, from the heart.”

‘Ghostbusters’ is in cinemas across the UK.

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