A New GHOSTBUSTERS! (And Some Sour Grapes)
Fandom en masse celebrated, letting out a collective whoop, when news broke that a new GHOSTBUSTERS movie was in the works, one tying into the continuity of the original film and even possibly serving as a direct sequel to it. This movie will be directed by Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman, who directed the two original films, and will star—reputedly—all the major players from the series. Harold Ramis sadly is no longer with us. But Akroyd, Hudson, supposedly even Bill Murray are supposed to be back. This is fantastic news (even if the news about all the returning characters turns out to be premature)!
Then you have Leslie Jones, one of the actresses who starred in the ill-conceived reboot film, playing the victim card and grousing about the announcement. Here’s what she wrote [Note: I removed the profanity]: “So insulting. Like **** us. We dint count. It’s like something trump would do. (Trump voice)Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers” ugh so annoying. Such a **** move. And I don’t give **** I’m saying something!!” Say something she did—and made herself look like a dingdong in the process. Something Trump would do? Really? REALLY?
Hey, Leslie, your movie TANKED. The studio lost money on it, a lot of money. That’s why they aren’t going to pony up the dough for you to make a sequel. Deal with it.
Considering Jones’s history of drawing the ire of online trolls, one would almost be tempted to think her little outburst was a deliberate attempt to provoke them again. For political reasons, perhaps? If she gets enough racist idiots calling her names on Twitter, does she hope that the public will link such behavior in the collective mind with the celebration of the fans over the announcement of the new movie? Does she hope to use the one to stain the other? Or is she just throwing a temper tantrum?
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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