When I first heard about a "Ghostbusters" remake in the works, I was amped. Melissa McCarthy? Kristen Wiig?? Kate Mckinnon?! Leslie FREAKING Jones!? Sign me up! I've seen and enjoyed the original "Ghostbusters" movies, and I knew they did phenomenally at the box office for a reason. So, when the trailer for the new movie was uploaded on YouTube, I never expected this:
In a movie era of remakes, reboots and sequels such as "Jurassic World", "Annie" (I know it's a musical but the point still stands), "Cinderella" and "Fast and Furious" (just to name a few) I fail to see the problem with a "Ghostbusters" reboot, and I can't wrap my mind around the number of dislikes for this trailer!
Of course, I'm not dismissing the possibility that it could be a failure. It's a reboot. It's a reboot of a movie that came out 30 years ago, and if they plan on following the same exact formula of the original, some of the comedy might not hold up as well. There are other valid criticisms of the movie, such as Leslie Jones playing into the stereotypical "sassy black friend" trope who is knowledgeable not in science but rather in the streets of New York. These concerns and criticisms have been pointed out in the comments section of the trailer. However, what I want to focus on are other criticisms made in the comment section of the video (All usernames have been edited out for safety and privacy concerns).
Yeah, you're right. Women aren't funny. They aren't biologically structured to be funny. "Mean Girls", a female written and casted box office smash hit comedy of a film just lacks humor, right? "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", a romantic comedy, was written by a woman and made bank at the box office. No funny bones here.
You mean Leslie Jones? An amazing comedy writer and cast member of "Saturday Night Live"?
The comment reads: (in response to a different user) "Yup! I dont Know why Hollywood and the entertainment industry continue insist to put woman's in everithing we all understand all woman have rights we dont need then in some roles."
*Women, *Everything, *Understand and *Them. Other than the simple grammatical mistakes, I can kind of see an almost coherent and valid argument!
I actually took time out of my day to search if vaginalize was actually a word and if so, what it means. According to Urban Dictionary, the first and main definition of "vaginalizing" means to "rationalize using skewed feminine logic due to emotions stemming from the vagina." So... PMS. Hollywood PMS-ed a movie. Is that what you're saying? I'm sure this person can't wait for the scene where all of the ghostbusters sync their period cycles.
I did find one solid YouTube comment that captures how I feel about the new "Ghostbusters" reboot:
It reads: "I'm sooo hyped for this~! When I was a little girl I was obsessed with the Ghostbusters, but when my other girl friends and I played it was an all female team. Now it's real and we're all going to see it once it comes out! Even to those who say it looks terrible, think of all the young little girls who can finally see a full team of strong female, as opposed to one or maybe two in other teams"
So what's wrong with casting the new "Ghostbusters" film with women? Why would you hate it JUST because of the actresses? I would be really interested to see what the like bar would look like if it was remade with men.
For those who are interested in seeing the film, "Ghostbusters" hits theaters July 15.