Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I ain't 'fraid o' no Ghostbusters trailer

So this trailer was released recently...

...and thousands (possibly millions) of people went beyond apeshit over it.  If there was an outdoor concert like Woodstock or Coachella just for apes and there was only one porta-john and all the concession stands only sold bran muffins and prunes, that's the equivalent to the amount of apeshit people threw when they saw this thing.

People like this guy...

Don't mind him.  He's just trying to be the Bill O'Reilly of Canada (as if we need that).

I personally find all of the backlash to this trailer ridiculous.  It amazes me that so many people can tell what the entire movie is all about just from the few second clips they've seen.  They don't need to actually see the movie.  They all possess this 'magic clairvoyance' that allows them to see into the future.  Or maybe they all took turns using Doc Brown's time travelling car to go to the summer of 2016, see the movie, and then travel back to warn us all.  If that second one is true then why don't they just travel back to the summer of 1984 and see the original Ghostbusters film?  Or just watch their copy on DVD or Blueray or find it on Netflix?  It would save us all a lot of aggravation.

There were two groups of people who really got irked by this movie.  The first being the MRA types (the ones who campaign for men's right).

They felt the entire thing was some sort of "politically correct" attempt to empower women at the expense of men or something like that.  (If someone could enlighten me on their full argument say in the comment section at the end of this blog, I would be grateful.)  
I disagree with their position for a few reasons.  The first reason makes me a bit sick to my stomach to say it and I will feel as though a need a strong chemical bath afterwards.  You have been warned.  Anyway, here it goes...


Political correctness can be fine at certain times but just so long as it's not intrusive. (Ugh! I can taste the bile in my throat already).  I know that sounds contrary to the pro-free speech and egalitarian things I've posted on this blog, my original blog, and in both of my comic books (plus more to come) but hear me out.  I'll use the example of a relatively brand new show called How To Get Away With Murder.

The star of that show is a black woman named Viola Davis.  It could have easily starred a white male, or a white female, or an Asian pony (but not without rubbing peanut butter on her gums first) but they ultimately went with a black female.  It's probably a good bet that a certain amount of 'political correctness' went into making that casting decision.  However, the result of this is simply a talented actress finding steady work and, in this case, getting appropriately awarded for her talents.  That's exactly what would happen if a talented person of any race or gender were hired for this role.  That's called equality.
The times when political correctness gets very intrusive and cancerous is when people either mess with the classics (and in some cases completely suppress them) or vehemently dictate their demands on artists as they're making their creations.  For instance, Pepe Le Pew has been absolutely ravaged by political correctness.  For my full analysis of Pepe Le Pew, please consult this blog post I did many years ago.

Speaking of talented women getting the recognition they deserve, this brings me to the main reason I want to see this film and why I don't share in the disdain for it at all.  I absolutely enjoy all the comedic women starring in this movie.  No, I am not just saying that in an effort to appear like some "empathetic feminist" in an effort to get laid or whatever.  I'm a happily engaged man with a beautiful and amazing Filipina fiancee.  I don't need to do any of that.  I am  genuinely entertained by the very funny women in this movie.
I am definitely NOT one of those people who think that "only men can be comedians".  Anyone who thinks that "only men can" and "only women can't" obviously has no idea how comedy works.  The mostly unwritten rules that people have uncovered and utilized over the centuries can be applied by anyone, not just certain genders or races of people.  One of the great Gilda Radner's many rules for her comedy is to simply "do what the boys are doing".  It's as simple as that.
Of course women performing comedy is not anything new.  Mabel Normand was dazzling people with her comedie del art abilities back when Lucille Ball was still a toddler.

I could go on listing a lot of names of women who have consistently made amusing and hilarious comedic performances throughout history, but this blog post is getting long as it is.  So right now I will just showcase the women starring in this movie and go over why they are worth watching on both big and small screens alike.

Kristen Wiig

I adore the quirky genius she puts into everything she does.  Like all great comedic performers, she's not afraid to look crazy.  When I first saw her in a sketch on Saturday Night Live back in about 2006 my immediate thought was "why wasn't she hired sooner?"  It almost felt like Jack Nicholson's character in The Shining a little bit, in that in a way 'she has always been at SNL and will always continue to be at SNL in either body or spirit'.  It's no wonder that her screenplay for Bridesmaids was nominated for an Oscar.  If I had my way, she would get all of the awards.  I am very enthusiastic about seeing her contribution to this new Ghostbusters movie.

Melissa McCarthy

She pretty much rocketed to stardom with her performance in Bridesmaids.  If you saw her performance in that you can easily understand why.  Like Wiig, McCarthy is also a fearless performer who willfully does whatever the scene requires.  No, I'm not just talking about the 'diarrhea in the sink scene', I'm talking about the whole movie.  Whether it was hitting on a guy in an airplane bathroom or giving Wiig's character the literal bite in the ass she needed, McCarthy just nailed every line from every scene she did adding more personality than anyone could have thought possible.  Even in movies she was in afterwards that didn't have stellar scripts or competent direction or whatever, she still does an excellent job that worth watching.  I'm looking forward to seeing her bring those same abilities to this movie.

Kate McKinnon

When I first saw her on SNL in the Spring of 2012, I felt rather sorry for her.  For one thing, when she was hired she was advertised as "Saturday Night Live's first lesbian cast member".  That is such a huge weight to thrust upon anyone's shoulders.  She was pretty much forced to represent the entire LGBT community AND put up with the stigma of "oh she's just a token so she obviously wasn't hired for her talent".  So poor Kate was practically forced to work 10 times harder than anyone else since her first sketch.  Her first two shows (which were the last two shows of that season) were harrowing indeed.  I think she was feeling that pressure.  I was even afraid she wouldn't last.  But, thankfully for herself and the whole entertainment industry, she didn't let that get her down and continued to persevere.  Now, not only is she still a valued cast member that many people love to watch every week, she's received Emmy nominations for her work on SNL two years in a row.  Just her Justin Bieber impression by itself has given her this well deserved attention.  If her performance in this movie is even a quarter as good as her Bieber, she will be so much fun to watch come this summer.

Leslie Jones

At this point I'll bring up the other despicable group of assholes that spat their bile all over this movie trailer.  It's those GODDAMN SHEEP-FUCKING SHIT-LICKING ISIS-SUCKING VOMIT-EATING DANGLING SCROTAL PUSTULES also known as SJW's!!!


This is where the online critique of this trailer gets really bizarre.  The same people that initially praised it as "female empowerment" later condemned it for racism because of what they saw of Leslie Jones' performance.
NO!  Fuck you, assholes.  Leslie is not some Stepin Fetchit you can throw under a bus.  She is letting her feelings out through her comedy without holding back and is always hilarious.  If you're too fucking dense to see that then you can just turn around and take a nice long walk into the ocean.  You can attempt to spread your censorious ass-hattery to any passing hammerhead shark and see what happens to you.
I will always be in Leslie Jones' corner.  Like many people, I was blown away by her first Weekend Update rant on SNL.

She rattled everyone's cage with that one.  Afterwards on Twitter, she defended her rant against SJWs like a bear with ninja training and The Force defends her asthmatic autistic cub.  She is an unstoppable ball of comedic fire.  So, for that reason, I will always be in her corner whether she wants me there or not.  Also, I am emphatically looking forward to the verbal dynamite she will unleash on everyone in that movie.  That is going to be a rollercoaster of awesomeness!!!

 Yeah, I guess I can end this post here.  I'll just make one last plea for all of this movie's detractors to please pull the massive sticks out of your asses and let this movie either fly or crash on its own merits.  Forget your stifling narrow-minded agenda and just let the movie be what it is.  At the very least see the entire thing before you conclude whether it sucks or not.

To get everybody in a movie watching mood, I'll post the original Ghostbusters theme song.  Enjoy everyone!  See you at the movies!