Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters remake trailer has officially hit all of the wrong nerves according to YouTube. It is officially the most relatively “unliked” video in the site’s history.
Compare this with trailers for any Michael Bay Transformers movie or anything from Adam Sandler, and that’s just a lot of hate for any movie to receive before it’s even hit theaters. It’s ironic considering how the movie was decided upon.
Initially they were hoping to make Ghostbusters 3, but the loss of Harold Ramis made that impossible. Nobody was going to recast him so soon after his passing, as it would have been seen as an insult to his legacy. Even a possible spin-off with the original cast was turned down. However, when the idea of recasting the entire team with female comedians such as Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy was delivered, Sony gave it the proverbial green light.
This kickstarted an entire internet phenomenon where fans of the original films grew conflicted over having an entirely different cast and having them all be women. Technically, it was considered progress in the eyes of activists who wanted to see more female lead roles in film. With four female scientists in the lead, it may just be the beginning of what Emma Watson and Geena Davis want to see happening.
Sadly, the internet doesn’t feel the same way. Fans of the original Ghostbusters, and people who are tired of seeing Paul Feig cast Melissa McCarthy in lead roles, refuse to give it a chance. There are currently over 500,000 “dislikes” on YouTube, and very few thumbs up for the Ghostbusters remake trailer. This is on over 28 million views, a new record of hate.
This is impressive considering that the latest Fantastic Four and Adam Sandler’s Ridiculous Six, both critically despised films, actually don’t have as many comparative “dislikes” as the Ghostbusters remake trailer. The only music videos with competing numbers of said accolades include Justin Bieber’s “Baby” with 6 million down-votes (countered by over a billion views) and Psy’s “Gangnam Style” with 1.5 million down-votes and 2.5 billion views. The Ghostbusters remake trailer is almost unanimously hated across the globe.
It has been stated that the biggest reason that the trailer for Paul Feig’s attempt to close Hollywood’s gender gap is so despised is because the trailer itself was a phenomenal mess. It even included a scene of a black woman (Leslie Jones) yelling and punching Melissa McCarthy, and another where she admits she’s ignorant, but street smart. This was seen as extremely stereotypical, despite Jones saying she didn’t have a problem with it.
The comments on the trailer are a big indication of how much the viewers hated the video, with misogyny invading almost immediately after the trailer hit. It was so bad that Sony was actually forced to delete many of them, but the hate comments persist. One commenter pointed out how the video had been struck with 500,000 “dislikes,” followed by a reply encouraging others to “get it to a million.” It’s become a game for the internet haters to make the Ghostbusters remake trailer the most “disliked” video on YouTube, and they’re doing it.
“Ghostbusters remake becomes most disliked YouTube movie trailer in history” People are sick of leftist Hollywood BS https://t.co/ZO9jLSRiqV
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) April 30, 2016
It’s unknown if the commenters are going so far as to create new Google Plus accounts just to show their distaste once more, or if more users are simply adding to the internet dog-pile.
Not even Michael Bay’s Transformers or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been that hated, and it’s popular to hate those franchises after the phenomenal dislike garnered from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters might still be a surprising and beloved success, but you couldn’t tell that from the amount of hate being poured on the Ghostbusters remake trailer.
[Feature image via Ghostbusters / Sony Pictures]