“Ghostbusters” 2016 hits the theatres in July 2016. However, it appears that the widely anticipated reboot of the 80s classic movie might not be suited to everyone’s taste.
As it turns out, the first trailer for “Ghostbusters” in March was poorly received on YouTube, Screen Crush reported. As of this writing, the trailer has received close to 610,000 dislikes. The publication described the trailer as “poorly put together.” Moreover, it said the trailer did little to inspire confidence in the finished product.
Hence, the publication cited it as the “most disliked movie trailer” in the global video-sharing website’s history. It’s also the only movie trailer to join YouTube’s Top 100 most disliked videos.
Vanity Fair surmised the hatred is suggestive of misogyny. Merriam-Webster defined misogyny as a hatred for women. The original “Ghostbusters” franchise featured an all-male cast whereas the reboot leads with an all-female ensemble. This obvious departure from its established norm could have angered its fans.
Early on, the reaction to the all-female cast led director Paul Feig to address the comments as “vile, misogynistic, and s**t.” The reactions on social media stunned Feig.
“The first wave when you make an announcement like that is overwhelmingly positive. Everyone’s so happy, and you’re like, ‘This is great.’ Then comes the second wave, and you’re like, ‘Oh my God.’ [It’s] some of the most vile, misogynistic s**t I’ve ever seen in my life,” The Guardian wrote last year.
Actress Leslie Jones also received backlash for her stereotypical portrayal in the movie. However, the “Ghostbusters” reboot could become a game changer for Hollywood, The Guardian remarked in a recent post. The movie features women as they explore careers and friendships with one another.
If it succeeds, then it could pave the way for more female-led films that aren’t about female heartbreaks. If it bombs, then it could set back whatever progress has been made to date.