Melissa McCarthy doesn't understand the Ghostbusters backlash

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Melissa McCarthy has responded to the backlash the Ghostbusters reboot received.

The Bridesmaids star was part of the gender-swapped remake in 2015, which also starred Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

Unfortunately, the film wasn't well received by fans, becoming the most down-voted trailer on YouTube and failing to set the box office alight.

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Reflecting on the significant backlash, McCarthy said to Yahoo: "There's no end to stories we can tell, and there's so many reboots and relaunches and different interpretations, [so] to say any of them are wrong, I just don't get it.

"I don't get the fight to see who can be the most negative and the most hate-filled. Everybody should be able to tell the story they want to tell. If you don't want to see it, you don't have to see it."

Many slammed the film for introducing four female leads to the franchise, with Jones also getting a huge amount of racist backlash. She even quit Twitter following the response, asking Twitter to step in and stop the messages she was receiving.

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"Twitter I understand you got free speech," she wrote in 2016. "But there has to be some guidelines when you let [it] spread like that."

She added: "I feel like I'm in a personal hell. I didn't do anything to deserve this. It's just too much. It shouldn't be like this. So hurt right now. I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart. All this 'cause I did a movie. You can hate the movie but the shit I got today... wrong."

A news Ghostbusters movie is on its way, with Ghostbusters: Afterlife arriving in the UK on November 19.

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