The "Ghostbusters" Trailer Is the Worst Reviewed Movie Trailer in YouTube History, Wonder Why?!
By Zahra Barnes
The new "Ghostbusters" remake comes out on July, 15, 2016. Helmed by comedic greats Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, this reboot of the much-loved 1984 film is likely going to be hilarious. But in tragic news, the movie’s trailer has hurt some people’s very sensitive feelings. In fact, Ghostbusters has the most disliked trailer in YouTube history! To date, it has over 30 million views, around 227,000 likes, and almost 689,000 dislikes. Hmm.
What could the problem be?
Maybe people are bummed all the Ghostbusters anticipation will make it impossible to snag one of the costumes for Halloween. I get it. It's so hard to find a pop culturally-relevant costume that also doubles as a warm, comfortable onesie. Or perhaps, like me, they're deeply resentful that they're not on one of the badass promotional posters.
Oh, wait, duh! People are mad because all the ghostbusters in this iteration are women. Well, they're right. What a stupid movie. Everyone knows ghost-fighting abilities come from the testes. Except not. The "Ghostbusters" casting is and will always be awesome, even if the actual movie is garbage. In a perfect #HashItOut segment on the May 2 episode of "The Nightly Show," writer and contributor Franchesca Ramsey explains why backlash to the trailer is ridiculous.
She starts off by reading a few choice YouTube comments filled with dissertation-level analyses about why the film cannot possibly be good. Just kidding, they're basically all like this: "As a men I feel attacked by this film because this film just exists to satisfy feminists” and “This is What Happens when you let feminist Reboot a Classical movie. lol." Lol indeed.
Another comment says that one or two women would have been fiiine, but all of the ghostbusters being women is "pushing far too much." Wrong. That’s not pushing anything, it’s doing a good job of bringing more representation to the film industry. You know who is actually pushing? Women who give birth, aka go through a tremendous amount of pain in order to welcome life into the world and take the uncharted journey of being a parent. If women aren’t too afraid to tap out of freaking childbirth, yeah, I think handling ghosts is right in our wheelhouse.
Ramsey cites another great point about why it doesn’t make sense to be upset about this: "Ah, yes, because women busting ghosts is way more unbelievable than the existence of f*cking ghosts." That's my main problem with people who complain about diversity in any movie that has a fantasy element. If you can wrap your mind around hobbits risking their lives to destroy some ring and a society that happily televises children fighting to the death, you can deal with women fighting ghosts.
"Give Ghostbusters a chance," says Ramsey. "Maybe it'll be good, maybe it'll be bad. But it's not the fact that it’s women that will make it that way." Exactly.
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