So What’s The Deal With The ‘Ghostbusters’ Sexism Controversy?

Audrey Morgan
Audrey is a freelance writer and recent graduate from Appalachian State that has an obsession with avocado toast and pop culture. When she's not writing you can most likely find her sitting down with a glass of red wine and judgingly watching reality TV.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past year, you’ve probably heard a little something about the controversy surrounding new “Ghostbusters” movie. Comments, videos and articles have come out bashing the new comedy. Some claimed to relate to the merit of the film while others are just plain sexist.

After the all female cast was announced in 2015, the Ghostbusters reboot received a lot of criticism from fanboys of the original 1984 film. Many took to Twitter and internet trolling to voice their frustration with the “unconventional” new cast of the classic film. Most responses circled around the argument that women just aren’t funny and that the new cast will “ruin” the Ghostbusters’ legacy.

Many involved with the film, such as director Paul Feig, have come out and defended the film, stating he doesn’t care what “shape or size or color or anything they are.” Feig was an obvious option to direct the reboot because of his success in films such as “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” and “Spy,” making him one of the biggest names in blockbuster comedies and also women’s comedy. He was also ready for the anticipated controversy that would come with an all female cast after the headaches that came with his Hollywood debut and hit TV series “Freaks & Geeks.” Last year he stated in an interview with The Daily, “Geek culture is home to some of the biggest assholes I’ve ever met in my life.”

Good thing Feig was prepared. After the movie’s first trailer dropped in March, the comment section of the YouTube video were filled with internet trolls and their misogynists comments. It received so much negative energy that it became the most disliked movie trailer on YouTube with an astounding 949,922 dislikes.

The host of the “Cinemassacre” Youtube Channel James Rolfe announced to his 2 million subscribers that he refused to review the film or even watch it. Rolfe claimed he was hoping to see the original stars “passing the torch” to a new, younger cast. He insisted that’s how a reboot of a franchise is done. I guess any Marvel super hero remake is considered invalid and not worth the watch by that logic, right, Rolfe?

Rolfe isn’t the only one refusing to watch, as many angry “anti-feminists” are calling for a boycott of the theaters, stating anyone who is a “real fan” shouldn’t go watch the film. Some are even reaching as far to say that director Amy Pascal is “working on a GamerGate propaganda film project, too, to attack male gamers.”

This stunt had little effect on the movie — it grossed $46 million on its opening weekend. Fandango, the online ticketing service, reported Wednesday that “Ghostbusters” was this year’s top pre-selling live-action comedy for the company, making it the highest grossing live-action comedy since “Pitch Perfect 2” in 2015 that brought it a whopping $69 million.

Who’s laughing now?

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