On June 8th, 1984 Columbia Pictures released what would go on to become a classic film, Ghostbusters. It received reviews from glowing to repugnant and despite those disastrous reviews it was nominated for an Oscar in two categories: “Best Visual Effects” and “Best Original Song”. It also was nominated for a Gold Globe for “Best Picture”, “Best Performance”, and “Best Original Song”. It was nominated for a Grammy and Hugo Award but won only Germany’s Golden Screen Award and “Best Fantasy Film” from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.
It was not a movie of stellar performances or emotionally moving story lines. It was a geeky comedic fantasy that was made endearing by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Rick Moranis. “Who you gonna call?” became an instant catchphrase that is still prevalent in pop culture to this day thanks to Ray Parker Jr’s theme song titled, “Ghostbusters”. It was a quirky fun movie that has shown it to still be relevant even to this day of smartphones and social media.
The 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters, which will hit theaters this summer on July 15, has replaced its core four-man group with a group of popular female comedians….and that’s about it.
That’s its selling point. It’s our favorite quirky ghostbuster but now in bustiers. I have no problem with it being a female cast as long as it’s fun, quirky, and has entertaining storyline. Yet, I’ve seen the trailers for Ghostbusters and it seems like this all female cast is being used to say, “Hey, look! We’ve got women saying lewd things! It’s that outrageous and quirky?”
I mean, one of them licks the proton pack gun…Why? I don’t know. It’s something inappropriate for a woman to do thus…funny? I feel like they chose a female cast just to pander to geeky females who loved the original and had wished they, too, could have their own Proton Pack.
And I’m not the only one who finds the all female casting of this reboot to be pandering and nonsensical. When the 2016 Ghostbuster Trailer hit youtube, it was swamped with commentators hating on it. The internet was taken by storm with every level of hate you can imagine. It has been vitriolic to the point that the reboots director, Paul Feig, has even chimed in,
“Geek culture is home to some of the biggest a-holes I’ve ever met.” That’s a direct quote from Paul Feig’s interview with New York Daily News.
Now, I’m not going to say that maybe some of the reactions to the trailer were out of line. Some of them were outright misogynistic. But, geek culture is home to the biggest a-holes he’s ever met?
No, we are passionate individuals who spend an inordinate amount of time on our passions. We learn everything there is to learn about what we like. That is the definition of a geek. We’re passionate to inappropriate levels about things and you, Mr Feig, should have realized that before you decided to take a geek cultural classic and use it to pander to female viewers.