To many of us that are 80s children — and for anyone else that at least has somewhat of a sense of humor — the 1984 film Ghostbusters is a comedy classic. It holds a place in our hearts as a piece of our childhood (or adulthood) as something “special” and for better or worse, some people let that reverence to the movie get the better of them. Look no further than the upcoming reboot of Ghostbusters that features an all-female cast.
Screen Crush has determined that the trailer for the Ghostbusters reboot is currently the most disliked movie trailer in YouTube history. As of this writing, the trailer has over over 212,000 likes and nearly 600,000 dislikes. According Screen Crush’s Mike Sampson, “a certain subset of people on the internet have an unhealthy fixation with hating on the Ghostbusters remake and are teaming up to downvote it into oblivion.”
On the overall list of the most disliked videos on YouTube, the Ghostbusters trailer ranked #23 as of April 14th. The trailer joins other hated videos including numerous entries from Justin Beiber , Miley Cyrus and internet laughing stock Rebecca Black. But what makes the Ghostbusters trailer so unique is the number of dislikes compared to the number of views it has received. Justin Beiber’s debut “Baby” occupies the first spot on the list with 1.36 billion views and 6 million dislikes to give it a 226:1 ratio for views to dislikes. The Ghostbusters trailer’s 29.5 million views and 600,000 dislikes puts it at a ratio of a whopping 56:1.
“[That’s] almost exactly four times the amount of dislikes per view of Bieber’s aforementioned most disliked video on all of YouTube,” Sampson adds. “It’s not just that people dislike it, it’s that they’re disliking it at a highly disproportionate rate to other YouTube videos.”
The movie endured immense backlash from legions of wannabe internet movie critics even before the first trailer aired. The backlash could be attributed to the fact that people are fed up with Hollywood’s inability to come up with new ideas or its insistence on running popular franchises into the ground with sequels or reboots (the original Ghostbusters was followed up by a stinker, Ghostbusters II – and let’s not even get started on Spider-Man).
But most have come to the conclusion that the main reason for the backlash has to do with the all-female cast consisting of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones taking the place of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. Some people just “can’t deal” with gender reversals and have decided to take it out on the movie itself even though all four new leads are highly accomplished comedians that are capable of carrying a movie.
Is the Ghostbusters movie likely to be such a menacing audiovisual assault on our senses as Beiber’s “Baby”? We find that hard to believe, but that isn’t stopping a fervent group of people from doing their best to trash the movie sight unseen. Sure, the trailer leaves much to be desired and doesn’t seem as polished as other big budget film trailers that have become the norm these days, but is it deserving of such venom being spewed?