"The fact there was so much controversy because we were women was surprising to me"

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When the all-female Ghostbusters reboot was announced, many saw it as a triumph for the film industry. Not only was it another female-led cast to add to the record book, but it also tackled two genres: comedy and action.

And while many were thrilled with giving the iconic film a female flair, the decision also sparked controversy among critics who felt the film was better left to the men – and the backlash is really bumming Kristen Wiig out.

“The fact there was so much controversy because we were women was surprising to me,” she told the Los Angeles Times.

Wiig, 42, said that she didn’t understand where the controversy was stemming from, but that instead of focusing on the negativity, the cast – including Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones – is simply trying to do the original film justice.

“Some people said some really not nice things about the fact that there were women,” she said. “It didn’t make me mad, it just really bummed me out. We’re really honoring those movies.”

In fact, as a woman who has made her success in comedic roles including Bridesmaids and her time on Saturday Night Live, she is tired of having to answer the ever daunting question about the state of women in comedy – although she gets why she does.

“I think the fact that people keep asking it implies that it’s something we need to explain or defend,” she said.

When she posed with the question, Wiig points to the history books for her answer.

“If [people] would watch movies or look at comedy and see how many talented, funny women are out there and have been since the beginning of time, people would stop asking that,” she explained.

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But she admits that even with how far women have come in recent years, there’s certainly still room for improvement.

“The other side of it is we’re still not there as far as opportunities. But people are doing the work.”