It has not been a good start for the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters. Criticism has come from every angle and has attacked almost every second of the two trailers released so far. Director Paul Feig has gone on record asking fans to give the new movie a chance, to try not to put the original on a pedestal and to let the talent of the modern era have their chance to tell this classic sci fi comedy story.
When you take the time to actually read what people have to say, it is not difficult to disregard a lot of the negativity that is swirling around in the comments sections.
When people write things like “Why don’t they just add tits to the Ghostbusters logo?” and, more bluntly, “I literally only hate this because they’re all women”, it’s easy to shrug them off as people whose opinions mean less than nothing in a civilised society.
There are a handful of people who do offer a genuine critique: “Sony, we don’t care that the leads are female. It’s about how your handling this movie. Why a remake?”
But too often these are lost in the tirade of exaggerated vitriol and graphic descriptions of things people would rather do than watch this movie. Which, perhaps, may say more about them than the movie.
One of the stars in the new film, Melissa McCarthy, has had a lot to say in reaction to its reception so far.
When the first trailer became one of the most disliked videos on YouTube, she voiced her confusion about the way the film was presented. The second one has now met with much the same response and, in an interview with British newspaper The Guardian, she spoke candidly about what she thinks of the people who have such aggressive things to say: “I really feel bad for people who are swiming in so much hate.”
One paragraph in the article reads:
“All those comments – ‘You’re ruining my childhood!’ I mean, really,” McCarthy says drily. “Four women doing any movie on earth will destroy your childhood?” She shrugs. “I have a visual of those people not having a Ben [her husband], not having friends, so they’re just sitting there and spewing hate into this fake world of the internet. I just hope they find a friend.”
McCarthy is an outlier in Hollywood. Without conforming to strict media beauty standards, her success is roundly attibuted to her genuine warmth, real talent and honed comic timing. She remains the third highest paid actress working right now, ranking only behind Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett Johannsen, whether you – or anyone – like her or not.