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Memo to Ernie Hudson and some other dudes: THANK YOU.
You find restraint in the weirdest places. For example, this week, the news hit that Paul Feig would be directing a reboot of Ghostbusters with an all-female cast. And you know what? I'm fine with that. I mean, if there's gonna be a reboot, at least change it up a bit. Do a fresh take. Don't fucking show me Uncle Ben dying for what seems like the fiftieth time.
Now, my avocation being what it is, I braced for the flood of misogyny I would find as I perused comment threads about this.. And I had a tough time finding it. Oh, a lot of people said it was an awful idea, that it shouldn't happen, that Hollywood should burn to the ground, but nobody came out and said it was because the proton packs weren't packing proton packages. Until Ernie Hudson.
Now, if anyone in the world has benefited from the identity-politic-driven insertion of diversity into a movie franchise in general, and Ghostbusters in particular, it's Ernie Hudson. So you think he'd be favorably inclined toward the new take. But this news did not make him feel good. ACTUAL QUOTE TIME!
"I heard it was going to be a total reboot, and that it would have nothing to do with the other two movies. If it has nothing to do with the other two movies, and it's all female, then why are you calling it Ghostbusters?"
Call me a madman if you must, but I bet it's because they bust ghosts.
But Ernie's pretty much the only person coming right out and saying that women can't bust ghosts, I guess because they get all swoony over Patrick Swayze or something? A comments thread full of comic book nerds, and all I found was a couple of "I'm not sexist but"'s that didn't actually get followed by explicit misogyny. Come on nerds! Live up to your reputations!
The story on this at Big Hollywood has ZERO COMMENTS. What the fuck? I know everyone over there is busy trying to exhaust every possible means of hating Lena Dunham, but I would have thought their he-man women-hating reserves were deeper than that.
Do you know what I had to do? I had to read comments on ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. Do you know who comments on Entertainment Weekly? People who can't figure out how to post on YouTube. There, I found sexism. Not coherence, mind you, but sexism.
"a set of women who is rewriting ghostbusters history and turning it into a chick flick." - The entirety of a comment by "Brutal2D".
That's barely even a comment. That's like the automatic writing of a man sent into a coma the first time he saw a Georgia O'Keefe painting. And that was pretty much it except for a completely delusional guy out to stop this movie by any means necessary and one racist who said it'd be even worse if it were all black people.
Frankly, I was a little concerned about the bottom half of the internet. But then I read the comments on the ACLU study on disproportionate stops of African-Americans by Boston police, and we have nothing to worry about. In that we still have everything to worry about because people are awful.