From the moment Sony announced their new all-female reboot of Ghostbusters, there has been constant buzz from a certain segment of the population about the casting choice. Never mind that the women cast are known, hilarious comedians (we all saw Bridesmaids!) or that there is really no plot-driven reason for the characters to be male. Some people just Do. Not. Want. to see women busting ghosts.
As of right about now, the Ghostbusters trailer has almost 31 million views and 724, 009 dislikes. That’s the most ever for any non-music video. On the total dislikes chart, that puts the trailer right smack in the middle of Rebecca Black’s ‘My Moment’ (with 713, 515) and Justin Bieber’s ‘Boyfriend’ (with 794, 204). Now that’s saying something.
This backlash is disappointing for sure, but on the other hand, so what? The film has great potential! If Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig aren’t enticing enough (and they should be), we get to see Chris Hemsworth play the pretty-but-dumb receptionist. Who would want to miss out on watching four funny, smart, kick-ass women teaming up to fight slimy ghosts? You don’t even have to give up the male eye-candy! It’s a win-win!
Countless movies from the past decade have proven that female-driven comedies can be hilarious and do well at the box-office. Um, we did see Bridesmaids, right?? Like seven times already, thank you. At this moment, the ‘stigma’ of having an all-female cast makes the movie a ‘chick-flick’ but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good. If men want to sit this one out, they can go right ahead, but don’t rain on our gender-role-reversal parade. Ladies, this movie is for us.
If YouTube dislikes (and the motivation behind all those bitter clicks) really burn you, don’t fret, there’s hope! In the past few days, there has been small but marked resistance in the comments section with viewers (mostly women) showing up to like and comment support for female-driven comedy. There are still those whose mission it is to get the trailer to 1 million dislikes (#goals), but the female support is encouraging. If this is an opportunity for us to band together, so be it.
Ladies, let’s go bust some ghosts!
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