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The director of the all-female Ghostbusters has the best response to internet trolls

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'The only way I could ruin your childhood is if I got into a time machine and went back and made you an orphan.'

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The internet can be a dark and oftentimes crude place. That's especially true if you're the director of the upcoming all-female Ghostbusters film (which, as of this week, will now be followed by an all-male Ghostbusters).

Paul Feig, whose other work includes Bridesmaids and the new action comedy Spytold Variety that "the biggest thing I've heard for the last four months is, ‘Thanks for ruining my childhood'... It's so dramatic. Honestly, the only way I could ruin your childhood is if I got into a time machine and went back and made you an orphan."

The perennially suited filmmaker described the internet's reaction as two waves — the first being overwhelmingly positive and the second being "some of the most vile, misogynistic shit I've ever seen in my life."

As for the all-dude Ghostbusters, which is reportedly part of new Ghostbusters cinematic universe à la Marvel, Feig says he is not involved but is a fan of actor Channing Tatum and directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who are all attached to the project. "Who knew there were so many ghosts to be busted in the world?"

Feig's Ghostbusters — "inspired" by The Walking Dead and starring starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones — will hit theaters July 22nd, 2016.