What’s going on, people? Suneil Angel here and today, I am writing a blog that I should have had written a long time ago but never got around to. I know I am late to the party but I had to share with you a piece of my mind about the casting controversy of Ghostbusters 2016 and how the media reacted to it.
First off, let me get a few things out of the way: I am all up for equality for men, women and the LGBT community and while I am here, I would also put it out there that I do not think that the 2016 reboot of the Ghostbusters movie was terrible. It was an ok-ish movie but my problem is how the reboot was handled and how media labelled the outcry of the fans as misogyny.
For those who do not know, Ghostbusters 2016 was a reboot of the franchise that began its life in 1984, starring a group of men who captured ghosts. The film found its audience at the cinemas thanks to its humour and the cast that gelled perfectly together. IMDB rating for the film is 7.8 out of 10 which is pretty good.
It even got a sequel in 1989.
There had been talks of a third movie since the second one but Sony could not churn one out but the success of the first movie led the studio on a path that would turn the Ghostbusters movie in a franchise that is still remembered in many people mind. That included the videogames on retro consoles, books, manga and comics.
But that’s not it, Ghostbusters even got an animated TV show called The Real Ghostbusters that featured the original characters, not actors and the series ran from September 13, 1986 to October 5, 1991. The series had 140 episodes spread across 7 seasons.
The animated TV show was so successful that there was a follow-up animated show called The Extreme Ghostbusters and it aired in the late 1997. It had one season of 40 episodes.
The last outing that saw the characters and actors reunite once again was for the PS2, PS3 and Xbox 360 game called Ghostbusters: The Videogame in 2009. The game was critically praised and sold over one million copies, which is respectable in gaming terms.
With a rich legacy in mind, one has to wonder: why would Sony reboot the franchise?
The logical answer to that would be because the original cast members are now too old to bust anything. I am sorry but I am being honest here. It would have been amazing to see Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Husdon (Harold Ramis, who played Dr. Egon Spangler in the first two movies sadly passed away in 2014) don their jumpsuits again with their proton packs but that was not going to happen. So, Sony decided to carry on the franchise by introducing new characters.
The problem was, this was not the fans were asking for.
When the first two movies came out, it was not just grown-ups who saw the film but kids too and these kids grew up with childhood memories of growing up with the franchise in the form of comics, videogames and the TV shows.
So, when the reboot was announced and it was revealed that the new movie would feature new characters, fanboys (and girls!) were not happy that the characters they grew up watching and fell in love with were not appearing and the original cast was simply reduced to just cameo appearances in the film.
It had nothing to do with Ghostbusters 2016 featuring an all-female lead.
The trailer on YouTube became the most disliked trailer by May 2016 and the ninth most disliked video on the video streaming service. Fans were unhappy with the choice of the actors and because they were women, their disapproval was labelled as misogyny. Trolls only added fuel to the fire that was already blazing high.
Feminists and SJWs (Social Justice Warriors) came to the rescue in the most bizarre fashion ever – one that not only a disgrace to the ethics of journalism but also a disgrace to the Ghostbusters franchise. If you do not believe me, take a look at some of the reviews I managed to pick up from Rotten Tomatoes.
Eleanor Ringel Cater wrote in her review on SaportaReport:
“After all, these ghostbusters are – gasp – female, a notion so catastrophic that a zillion trillion Blog Boys have had something akin to a collective meltdown. That Heiss is played by Bill Murray, one of the original ghostbusters back in 1984 (and, again in the so-so sequel), only adds to the “take that, misogynist idiots” joke.”
It needs mentioning here that not all downvotes and hatred came from men. There were some women as well who shared their displeasure online as well but since the cast is female and they are being hatred, so it must the men who hated them.
Erika W. Smith of Bust Magazine wrote her review of the film with the headline:
“The New ‘Ghostbusters’ Is Better Than The Original — YEAH, I SAID IT: BUST Review”
It should be worth mentioning here the original has an IMDB rating of 7.8 out of 10 while the reboot has 5.3. Clearly, this journalist has no idea what she is talking about.
Rebecca Pahle, from Pajiba, wrote,
“To all the Internet manbabies convinced that Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot will be the worst thing ever to hit theaters on the basis of RUINING MAH CHILDHOOD: Sorry not sorry, you big dopes. It’s actually a damn fun movie. I know, I know.”
She also wrote in her review: Rowan North is like if Reddit became a person, except without the cursing or rape threats. (PG-13, y’all.) He does not have a neckbeard, physically. But he is a neckbeard, spiritually. He’s a bullying victim turned bully, a man who thinks his intellect entitles him to obedience and respect from people he believes to be inferior to him in every way. When he doesn’t get it, he lashes out. He has definitely used the word “sheeple,” and not ironically.
Wow, this reviewer is not biased in any way whatsoever.
Linda Cook of Quad City Times wrote her outstanding review of the film with the headline:
“You shouldn’t be afraid of the ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot”.
Notice, in her review, she never mentions the pacing of the script, character development, the quality of visual effects or the quality of the film in general but she rates it a solid 3 out of 4.
There are many other reviews out there like these ones I have just showed you that basically shame you if you try and say that you are not happy with the casting choice. The thing is, internet has once again, misunderstood the entire issue. The issue is not that the cast is all-female, the issue is that the original characters are not making a return but the SJWs and Feminists are labelling them as misogynists.
It was obvious that Sony had a problem with the original cast now too old to bust some ghosts and they had to find a solution. Trouble is, they found the wrong solution.
There are three things I would like to mention here.
First: why would they cast an all-female lead here? How can they allow that? Just level with me on this: if they had starred men instead of women and changed their names to ones in the original movie, do you think all this issue would have taken place? Of course, not. Casting women as leads was nothing more than a gimmick implied by the director to appeal to the female demographic as Paul Feig did previously with his movies like Bridesmaid.
Second: Ghostbusters 2016 failed to impress many at the box office which made Feminists cry from the top of their lungs that it was the misogyny of the internet fanboys (seriously, there were girls too, you know?) that led to the poor box-office collections. This is a poor argument as evident by the record breaking box-office collections of Wonder Woman which came out in 2017. Do you know why that happened? Because Wonder Woman stayed true (as much as it could) to the original source material while being loyal to the original fan base – something Ghostbusters 2016 could not do.
Third: if Sony really wanted the franchise to move forward, why did they not go with the storyline of the Extreme Ghostbusters? For the uninformed, Extreme Ghostbusters was set years after the events of the animated TV show The Real Ghostbusters which showed Dr. Egon Spangler recruiting teenagers to become the new generation of Ghostbusters after the original crew parted ways. Now I know this storyline would have been impossible to pull off as Harold Ramis is no longer among us, but it would been nice to see the original cast passing the mantle over to a new generation of Ghostbusters as they retire – thus waving a respectful goodbye to the fans that made the franchise so popular and welcoming a new wave of fans.
But unfortunately, that was not the case. This movie has gone down the dump as many other have gone including the Tom Cruise starrer The Mummy reboot. Seriously, when even Tom Cruise cannot get the audience in the cinema, you know you made a mistake.
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