As a women with a busy life, every night when I lay my head down to sleep I check the trending topics on Facebook. Not because I give a shit about any Kardashian and what they are up to. I check it because honestly, Facebook has become my news source in this modern day and age.
Last night, when I checked the topics I saw one that said “Ghostbusters: Movie’s Trailer Is Most Disliked in YouTube History”. Being a child of the 80’s and a huge Ghostbusters fan, clearly I had to check it out. I immediately called up the trailer.
The movie had such a familiar, fun feel. They have the hearse, NYC backdrop, amazing graphics and green slime. The trailer made me laugh and smile. The characters are essentially the same, after all they are based on the original 4. There’s really only one major difference I can find in this movie from the last.
The Ghostbusters are women.
Now I am not saying this is going to be an Emmy award winning movie by any means, but it was far from awful looking!! The cast, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth is solid. If you don’t laugh when these women are on screen, you might want to check your pulse.
I turned to my husband when the trailer ended with a confused look on my face. I said “That actually looks pretty good!” He agreed. I then commented, “I think it has so many dislikes… because the Ghostbusters are… women.” He agreed again.
I am dumbfounded by this.
Yes ok, one can argue it’s just a little movie and I shouldn’t take it so seriously. Let’s break this down though. As of March 15, 2015 Google estimates there are 81,941,760 videos currently on youtube. (and that was a year ago!) 81 MILLION videos and THIS one is the most disliked in history?
Is it just a movie? Maybe. For me, it has served as a reminder of how women are still fighting to be who they want to be without any shame. Poor Lucille Ball must be rolling in her grave at the awful outpouring of hate towards this movie and the women in it. It’s a sad representation of the old fashioned thinking that still strangely exists in 2016.
In a day and age where we can possibly conceive a woman as president, there is still discomfort in a woman being funny or a woman doing a “man’s job”. It’s such an old, exhausting story. Isn’t it time for a new one? A story where women can be and do whatever they want!
Women, it’s up to US to rewrite the story, after all.. we can do anything we put our minds to! How will you change the worlds mind today?