All female Ghostbusters' visit to sick kids stirs up controversy

The female cast of the new Ghostbusters film Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon visited sick ...

The female cast of the new Ghostbusters film Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon visited sick children over the weekend.

Some lucky patients at a medical centre in Boston got a surprise visit from New York's finest: the Ghostbusters.

Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy, who star as the four leads of the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, visited the Tufts Medical Centre's Floating Hospital for Children and brought smiles to the young patients by posing in costume.

In the Facebook gallery where the photos were posted, some people mocked the actresses for taking advantage of sick kids for a PR stunt and compared them unfavourably to the original Ghostbusters cast.

Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center patients got a huge surprise today when Ghostbusters stars...

Posted by Tufts Medical Center on Saturday, 1 August 2015

One commenter wrote, "How terribly disappointing it must be to hear that the Ghostbusters are gonna visit, only to have these people show up."

However, some commenters rebutted the criticism.

The mother of one of the children in the photos said, "The visit from these ladies was an uplifting treat. It also wasn't just a promo photo op. They asked about [her child] and chatted with us. No matter how you feel about the movie remake, you should do well to remember that this visit meant a lot to the people receiving it."

The Ghostbusters cast were reportedly filming down the road when they took a break to visit a number of patients. The four actresses have been fixtures around Boston since filming began in mid-June.

However the remake has been plagued by criticism since it was announced that the four leads would be played by women.

Last month, a male-led spin-off rumoured to include Channing Tatum was nixed in the press, with Tatum describing the project as "messy" and original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman describing anything other than the Paul Feig-directed female-led Ghostbusters as "just noise."

Any male fans in the Ghostbusters audience can rest assured they'll have someone to identify with when Chris Hemsworth takes the role of the Ghostbusters' secretary. 

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