It certainly seems odd that, this Memorial Day, news and entertainment sites are lighting up over one quote from the star of a movie that won’t be out until mid-July. Be warned, then, that tedious hot takes on the all-female “Ghostbusters” remake are likely to continue well into summer, barring some miracle that the movie turns out to be anything other than awful.

The weekend’s big entertainment news? “Ghostbusters” star Melissa McCarthy, in an interview published Saturday in the Guardian, imagined critics of her not-yet-seen film as “just sitting there and spewing hate into this fake world of the internet,” adding, “I just hope they find a friend.”

She hopes the haters find a friend? Let’s just say that word got around.

The Guardian notes that McCarthy is the third-highest-paid movie star in the world. And earlier this month, it reported that McCarthy herself thought the first trailer for the movie — which has now racked up more dislikes than any other video on YouTube — was such a mess that she raised her concerns with the studio.

Along with being confusing, the trailer also featured quite a few cringeworthy moments making it abundantly clear that 2016’s black ghostbuster lacked a scientific background but brought “street smarts” to the team. The Internet certainly noticed and groaned loudly, but McCarthy insisted to the Guardian that the casting “was truly just a coincidence” and suggested that role was maybe, perhaps, written with her in mind.

McCarthy does have a friend in Ellen Degeneres, who had the cast on her show last week, the same day Hillary Clinton dropped by (again) to showcase her humor and heart. Those sorts of promotional events are usually reserved for release week, but there’s some damage control to be done — and suggesting that critics of the painfully unfunny trailer need to “find a friend” isn’t likely to help.

But if you promote it by holding up a huge “Girl Power” banner and then it flops, what other reason can there be besides moviegoers think girls are icky?