Following the announcement that Sigourney Weaver appears in the new Ghostbusters movie, we sound off about all that internet uproar. Bitches may be cray, but trolls are misogynist as fuck.
I’m sure most of you are with me in thinking the Ghostbusters reboot, starring Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, looks ACE. The internet, or the bin as I like to call it, has been less kind, dubbing the film a travesty, a joke and a crime against our childhoods. Which seems pretty dramatic considering that, along with some stunning stuff like Kylie Minogue, Back to the Future, and Bumbags, the 80s also gave us the mullet haircut, David Hasselhoff in pleather, and Jason Donovan in double denim (not the same as Kardashian-Jenners in double denim. I don’t know why. It’s just NOT).
Films based on much-hyped classics often get a bad rap before they come out. Remember when Ben Affleck was announced as Batman and the internet the bin was brimming with hateful reactions about Bruce Wayne not having a chin dimple (pretty sure they said bum chin). Now all I hear is how GREAT the film looks and no-one should’ve doubted the Batfleck. Reckon he’s changed his name by deed poll yet?
All that talk back in July of an all-male Ghostbusters reboot in the vein of the Marvel movies, directed by those talented *ahem* Russo brothers (just don’t get me started, yeah, as you won’t win that war, ha) was coked-up patriarchy because boo hoo, this film has LADIES IN IT. The all-male version is still listed on the Russo brothers Wiki page, but talk of it has been quashed by Ghostbusters stalwart Ivan Reitman. I truly hope the all-female Ghostbusters won’t be followed up by some cod-piece Channing vehicle, but money is money, and anything to make it.
This is basics major sexism at play. If the movie starred Channing Tatum and Zac Efron (topless Ghostbusters for the win!), there’d be online misery but, after a sufficient mourning period, we’d all wanna watch Magic Mike: the Ghostbusting years, right? Why, in 2015, are we quibbling over gender? Isn’t it time everyone chilled and accepted that women are just as capable of hunting ghosts as men are? I mean Yvette Fielding’s been rocking that look for years, hasn’t she?
Maybe it’s just par for the course that a film of this calibre, filled with world-famous talent, is ripe for a takedown. Women are WINNING at comedy right now. If last decade was about the Ferrells, the Wilsons and the Stillers, this decade’s defs about the Dunhams, the Feys and the Schumers. It’s time to start embracing this new phase in everyone’s lives. Stop all the hate. This so-called nostalgia is obvs sexism and it has to stop. Capeesh? #SorryNotSorry
Amy Mackelden (a.k.a. July 2061) is a writer based on the Isle of Wight. Her writing has featured in places such as heat magazine, New Statesman online, Kinkly, xoJane and Hello Giggles. She won a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North in 2011 and a New Buds Award from New Writing South in 2015. She’s one of the co-founders of poetry magazine Butcher’s Dog, and has made two spoken word/theatre shows, The 8 Fatal Mistakes of Online Dating (& How To Avoid Them), & Retail, which is set in a closed-down Blockbuster & about a shared love of Woody Allen. Her blog, July 2061, was shortlisted in the Blog North Awards 2012. She is totally, 100%, are you fucking kidding me, Team Krakow.