The new “Ghostbusters” film has received considerable backlash from many Internet denizens who aren’t fond of the all-female direction the series has taken. Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” reboot replaces Bill Murray (“Rushmore”), Dan Aykroyd (“Driving Miss Daisy”), Harold Ramis (“Groundhog Day”), and Ernie Hudson (“Oz”) with Melissa McCarthy (“Spy”), Kristen Wiig (“The Martian”), Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”), and Leslie Jones (“Top Five”). Just like in the original, the four women face off against a ghost invasion on New York City and must save the world from total annihilation and, as Peter Venkman described it thirty years ago, “mass hysteria.”
But though the merits and faults of the film have yet to be seen, many fans have already dismissed the reboot based on the marketing campaign, with one of the film’s trailers voted as the “most disliked” trailer on YouTube. Now, the new international trailer has already received plenty of sexist comments on its YouTube page. Some of them include, “Fuck you Paul Feig for ruining ghostbusters you feminist mangina piece of shit!!!!!”; “such a fema-natzi film cant wait for it to be the flop of the century”; “So the One Guy thats in the film is only there to be a total idiot, Imagine how sexist they would call this film if it was the other way around.” Watch the trailer above.
Of course, not every comment was like this, with others comments coming out in support of the trailer, like, “why is everyone hating on this? you have the four of the funniest women in the business right now, Chris effin Hemsworth and an awesome storyline, if anything, this is an homage to the original”; and “Why don’t you people just grow the fuck up!? This is what we’re getting so get fuckin’ use to it.” But whether you love or hate the new international trailer, the fact remains that it’s still a trailer, and any criticism of it, legitimate or otherwise, is limited solely to the film’s marketing campaign and not the film.
The new “Ghostbusters” film will enter theaters on July 15th. See it and then criticize it, or don’t see it and don’t expect your criticism to be taken seriously. The choice is yours.