Since announcing a remake of the beloved supernatural comedy Ghostbusters, director Paul Feig has fended off intense criticism from fans who are enraged not just by the mere existence of a remake (which will enrage folks no matter what), but by the director’s audacious decision to opt for an all-star cast of brilliant female comedians.
Thanks to YouTube, the hostility facing Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot is on full display. Despite racking up almost 30 million views in the past two months, the movie’s official trailer has amassed 610,000 dislikes, making it the first video of its kind to land on YouTube’s 100 most disliked videos of all time.
The question is: why so much hate?
“People are disliking this movie because it is a shitty remake and they picked the most unfunny female comedians for it,” one YouTube user wrote. “Not liking unfunny women is not mysoginy. [sic]”
And while many of the video’s commenters are quick to insist they’re definitely not misogynists (they just don’t think funny women are funny, okay?), an investigation by Consequence of Sound suggests the trailer may not be as universally reviled as the numbers indicate. According to COS, the driving force behind the movie’s magnitude of down votes may just be “some bad apples and temperamental brats abusing their right to an opinion.” The movie website Screencrush seconded COS’s findings, insisting the ratio of views to dislikes hints at an organized effort to down-vote the trailer.
The seemingly concerted effort to snub the trailer, combined with the internet’s original reaction to news of an all-female lead cast, suggests the hate may be more complicated than people “disliking this movie because it is a shitty remake.” After first announcing the gender switch last year, the Guardian reported that Feig said the backlash was “some of the most vile, misogynistic shit I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Now the director is trying to stymie the influx of criticism in preparation for the movie’s July 15 release. “The haters on our trailer were very proud of the fact they had racked up 400,000 dislikes on YouTube versus 200,000 likes,” Feig told the Guardian. “But that’s not a majority by anybody’s standards. Some of it is that people don’t want an old property touched—I’m sympathetic to that. But the ones who are hating it because it’s about women? That’s just a non-starter.”
“It makes me sad that [the negativity] informs every article now,” Feig added. “There’s always some comment about how people are down on it. Well, somebody is down on everything. It’s very easy once you’re predisposed to be pissed about something, to watch it and find fault.”
Watch the trailer here. (Defy you not to laugh.)
New filings reveal Trump’s campaign and the GOP are in dire financial trouble
On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that new filings show President Donald Trump's campaign — and the Republican Party itself — are teetering on the brink of financial oblivion.
"New filings with the Federal Election Commission showed the extent of Mr. Trump’s cash troubles, which are severe enough that he diverted time from key battleground states and flew to California on Sunday for a fund-raiser with just over two weeks until Election Day," reported Shane Goldmacher and Rachel Shorey. "The president ended September with just over half as much money as he had at the beginning of the month."
Trump has ‘routinely gossiped’ that Dr. Fauci was auditioning ‘to get a job at CNN’: report
On Tuesday, The Daily Beast reported that President Donald Trump is now convinced that Dr. Anthony Fauci is trying to play to the media to get positive attention, or maybe even a job.
"In recent months, Trump has routinely gossiped with close associates and advisers that Fauci is behaving like a member of anti-MAGA 'resistance' commentators," reported Erin Blanco. "In the past few weeks, the president has told multiple people that he believes Fauci is angling to earn the media’s adulation and that it at times appears to him that the famous infectious disease expert is 'audition[ing]' or 'trying to get a job at CNN,' according to two sources with knowledge of his private comments."
WATCH: Drew Barrymore is terrorized by Donald Trump in ‘Scream’ spoof
Actress Drew Barrymore reprised the role of the character Casey Becker from the hit 1996 movie "Scream."
Barrymore's character was killed at the beginning of the film after receiving a threatening phone call.
In the spoof, Barrymore answers a cordless phone to and hears crazy things President Donald Trump has said.
The skit was filmed for comedian Samatha Bee's "Full Frontal" on TBS.
Hard to believe it’s been over twenty years since the movie Scream came out and even longer since Trump took office. Don’t believe us? Here’s scream queen @DrewBarrymore and the president having a perfect phone call. pic.twitter.com/aPZo4nmGiZ