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Social Media Backlash Hits All-Female Ghostbusters Remake

Oh dear! Looks like things aren’t starting too well for the all-female led Ghostbusters remake as the online backlash towards the upcoming release continues to intensify.

Ever since the project was announced early last year by Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, hoards of people have been more than forthcoming when voicing their announce and disapproval for the reboot to the 1980’s classic.

Perhaps it’s due to the decision to appoint an all-female cast including fellow Bridesmaids alumni Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, or maybe the decision to reboot the franchise instead of creating a long-overdue sequel – though the latter became difficult after the sad passing of Ghostbusters co-creator Harold Ramis.

Regardless of their reasons, the heat is continuing to rise under Paul Feig, who in turn has been quick to defend his film, tweeting his disappointment and anger at the unnecessary bombardment of hatred despite the film not yet hitting cinema screens.

The quotes from me in a New York Daily News article on Monday, May 2nd, 2016, were not from a recent interview but from an interview I did for a book on geek culture a year and a half ago that the author then sold to the Daily News, misrepresenting them as being my response to recent Ghostbusters reporting. The Daily News ran a correction yesterday, May 7th, for which I am grateful. To clarify, the interview actually took place on February 9th, 2015, one and a half weeks after I had first announced my Ghostbusters cast via Twitter, a week and a half that saw my actors and I inundated with some of the most hateful tweets, posts and comments I had ever seen. My quote was in answer to the question, ‘Has the paradigm shifted to a point where (because geek culture is currently so popular) the geek is the asshole now?’ I very much regret saying in my answer that I had actually ‘met’ any ‘assholes’ from the geek community. I have never met anyone from the geek world face-to-face who wasn’t a warm, kind person. The ‘assholes’ of which I speak are the ones who live online, who write those hateful tweets and posts and comments. I’m not talking about the people who have true concerns and worries about the rebooting of a franchise they love, nor am I talking about people who have watched the trailer for our movie and didn’t like it. Those are all valid opinions and I respect them all. I am talking about those that write misogyny and hate and threats. Those are the ‘assholes’ of which I spoke. As a lifelong geek and proud member of the geek community (as well as the creator of the TV series Freaks and Geeks), I abhor bullies. Every community has bullies who make up a very small minority of the community as a whole. Bullies scream the loudest and seem to get the most attention. But they are simply bullies who in no way represent the vast majority of wonderful, thoughtful people who make up our geek community. The geek world has been a haven for so many of us and we should all refuse to let these bullies hijack the conversations and debates we all love to engage in, nor should we let them represent our community and culture to the rest of the world. The bullies are not the norm and I would dare say they are not even true geeks. They are the micro minority. God bless the true geeks of the world and here’s to taking our community back from the bullies..Paul Feig

It’s a brave stand by the director, but it might be in vain as the damage is likely already done thanks to a less than disappointing reaction to the first official trailer, which has received the highest dislikes of any YouTube video in the platforms history – over 750,000 to be more precise.

It’s certainly a record that no-one attached to the project wants but one that may have sealed it’s fate at the box office even before it’s official release on July 15 – not to mention it will then need to compete with the upcoming Star Trek Beyond which hits cinema screens a week later.

Stay tuned to find out how Ghostbusters fairs once released.

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