Melissa McCarthy Has The Best Attitude When It Comes To Online Trolls
"I just root for that person to find a little joy."
Melissa McCarthy is no stranger to the ugly side of the internet, but in an interview with PEOPLE Magazine the 47-year-old explained how she deals with trolls.
McCarthy starred in the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters which was the target of a huge, hateful campaign after it was announced that the film's four leads would all be women.
The female-fronted film saw McCarthy starring alongside Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, and even before its release was attacked by supposed fans of the original series.
When the first trailer was launched it became the most disliked clip in YouTube history, one critic posted a video rant claiming he wouldn't review or even see the film as he knew he would hate it already, and user-generated ratings on sites like IMDb were flooded with negative reviews before audiences had even seen the film.
The cast were subjected to a torrent of abuse, often insulting their looks, gender and in the case of Jones, her race.
Eventually the film under performed at the box office and resulted in pretty tepid reviews which only emboldened those who had already panned the project.
McCarthy never gave up, and spoke about how to deal with that kind of intense trolling.
"Weirdly, instead of getting mad at them," the actress told PEOPLE, "I always feel like, ‘Oh, I hope you meet someone soon that you can talk to, someone that really makes you laugh'".
"I’m never going to change things by sitting in my living room bawling. That’s not going to fix or help anything."
It's been an interesting time for women in Hollywood with the rise of movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and a renewed focus on closing the pay gap across the industry. McCarthy called it a "tough chunk of history" for women, but wasn't ready to let it get her down.
"It’s not my reality—the men I know wouldn’t act like this. So I look to the men I know, who have made my life better, and I just keep remembering that they’re the norm."
McCarthy is starring in the upcoming film Life of the Party where she plays a woman who follows her daughter to college after her marriage falls apart.
The mum of two hoped her philosophy with dealing with negativity would help her daughters in the future if they ever faced bullying.
"It’s the same thing I tell my girls, ‘If somebody is being mean, they’re probably really not happy."
"If you’re having a great day, you don’t walk past someone and yell, ‘Freak!’ If you’re happy, you say, ‘I love your skirt!'"
Life of the Party is in cinemas now.
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