To start this off, you need to know what you are getting into. If you have not seen the new Ghostbusters reboot, here is a link to the trailer.
It is possible that you see this and think:
The common reaction: “Wow, that looks so good! I am so excited to see this reboot.”
The misogynist reaction: “Why would they follow up such an iconic movie with women replacing the originals?”
The misguided reaction: “I love that they are putting women in the reboot, it shows that we are progressing in the era of inequality.”
The cultured reaction: “It is nice that they are trying to progress, but clearly, they still have a period of time till they can.”
If you were any of the reactions above other than the cultured reaction, I am about to change your mind.
Let us start off with the title of this post. For those who do not know, Feig is the director of the reboot. Another thing to get out of the way, what is Ghostbusters about? If you are like me, you did not really care about Ghostbusters until now. Here is a brief summary on the story line of the original Ghostbusters:
After the members of a team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become “ghostbusters” to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters must now save New York from complete destruction. (Courtesy of Google)
Now that you know the story line we can delve into the stuff that actually matters: why this trailer is controversial.
First off, why is Patty (member of Ghostbusters team, black woman) the only one who lacks scientific knowledge. Some might argue that it is because she plays the security guard, which is true, however, how come a black woman was written as the one who lacks scientific knowledge anyway? Not only that, but according to people who have read the script, Patty only joins the Ghostbusters team for the paycheck. This is just odd to me mainly because yes, a black woman can want to join a team for a paycheck, but it is just outrageous that her character has no depth. Her character is shallow in terms of profundity, her role strictly follows black stereotypes. In the trailer, you can tell that her character is a sassy, loud, lower-class, woman who has the long hooped earrings. She continuously says, “Hell, nah.” This phrase does not seem stereotypical, however, go and watch any movie with a black woman in it and you will find that she says, “Hell, nah,” often.
Strangely, Leslie Jones (actress playing Patty), posted this on Twitter:
“boof have folk thinking I’m invisible, that I’m not a college graduate, and a producer, comedian, writer, actor, etc. I’m a verb. I’m not a college graduate, and a producer, comedian, writer, actor, etc. I’m a verb. I’m not miserable, neck-rolling, stereotype in civil service.” – @lesdoggg
This tweet further supports my claim I made earlier: PATTY HAS NO DEPTH. She is a walking stereotype, and Leslie Jones’s tweets are trying to shed light on the fact that she is not in any way like her character, Patty, and she wants her followers to know that she does not support her own role in the Ghostbusters reboot.
Five minutes later she tweeted again:
“Why can’t a regular person be a ghostbuster. Im confused. And why can’t i be the one who plays them i am a performer. Just go see the movie!” – @lesdoggg
Interpret this any way you wish, but most fans saw it as a way to speak against the awful stereotypes incorporated into the movie.
Some people are saying that by putting Patty into the movie, the directors made her look like an add-on/accessory, therefore objectifying her character.
Speaking of objectifying, Feig did not miss the opportunity to objectify these women at all! What you did not see in the previous trailer I linked was a scene that was incorporated into the International Trailer (which I have linked below this paragraph). Around 1:40, where Chris Hemsworth (I do not know his character name) is seen as the male assistant, who is asked to create the logo of the new Ghostbusters. He goes on to draw a ghost with boobs, as the speechless women see the logo, he asks if they wanted him to increase the size. It just seems a little ridiculous to me that he put that into the logo in the first place. And I know, many might be thinking right now, “Oh, why are you being so sensitive? He is just trying to be funny.” I am sorry I do not think objectification is funny. It should not matter whether the breast size is big or small, or even there for the matter. Boobs should not be the indicator between a male or a female.
If you agreed with any of my previous statements/opinions, you will enjoy the following tweets concerning the trailer of the reboot and how some responded to it:
“Like I’m excited for all-female Ghostbusters. But 3 white ladies & 1 Black woman (stuck w/”street smarts” trope) is barely diverse.1″ – @GeekMelange
“So the three white characters are scientists and the black one is a subway worker? The black character is the add-on AGAIN?!#Ghostbusters” @AnitaTheTweeter
“Ghostbusters looks awesome. Already shipping Kate and Kristen. But, why is the black lady is the one who is like “science? what’s that?” – @lucyhallowell
And my all time favorite,
The reason the quote above this text is my favorite is because I agree with Heather entirely, I really do want to see more depth out of Jones’s character.
If any of you really want to see a movie about crushing gender stereotypes, kick back with a buddy and go watch Mulan, classic and legendary.