Ever since the full trailer for Paul Feig’s upcoming all-female Ghostbusters reboot debuted online, strong opinions both for and against its sense of humor and presentation have been flying furiously back and forth. However, it appears that those who did like the Ghostbusters trailer have been mostly drowned out, at least if simple populist metrics like “likes” and “dislikes” are to be trusted.
According to the latest available numbers as reported by ScreenCrush, the Ghostbusters reboot trailer is the most disliked trailer in the history of YouTube. As of this writing, the trailer has 508,533 dislikes, with about 28.8 million total video views recorded. That is a staggeringly high amount of dislikes when compared to total views, to the point that no other trailer even comes close to matching Ghostbusters’ hater to viewer ratio. To put that number in perspective, the full trailer for last year’s infamous bomb Fantastic Four currently has less than 8,000 dislikes.
That said, the Ghostbusters trailer being so heavily disliked may arguably have less to do with the trailer itself and more to do with the often virulent hatred directed at the film almost since it was first announced. After all, the fact that no other trailer even approaches Ghostbusters’ number of dislikes suggests that an organized group of people may have deliberately set out to “help” it reach such a dubious distinction.
Of course, the pro-Ghostbusters side often suggests that much of this negativity is simply sexist rhetoric directed at the fact that Hollywood dared reboot such a beloved franchise with an all-female cast. On the other hand, most on the anti-Ghostbusters side dismiss these accusations as nothing more than a smokescreen, insisting that their problems with the film have nothing to do with the gender of the main characters, and everything to do with its overly broad humor and, at times, near-parodic treatment of the premise.
As with most disagreements, the truth is that both arguments are probably right, at least to a certain extent. One need only take a peek at just about any online discussion of Feig’s Ghostbusters to see that at least some criticisms of the film are clearly and outwardly of a sexist nature. On the other hand, to say that everyone who thinks the trailer was bad and/or that the film will turn out badly feels that way because they blindly hate female-led movies is an unfair generalization of a large, non-monolithic group. Some people just plain think Ghostbusters looks like a bad movie, no underlying ugly motivations necessary.
Whichever belief one subscribes to, it’s unlikely that either side of the Ghostbusters fight will back down anytime soon, or at least not until the film is finally released and the world gets to find out for sure just how good or bad it actually is.
Ghostbusters will open in U.S. theaters on July 15th, 2016.
Source: YouTube [via ScreenCrush]