Fireside Chats: Idiotic Mutterings
“I think some really brilliant author…needs to write a book about 2016 and how intertwined we were with Hillary [Clinton] and the anti-Hillary movement…Everyone was at a boiling point. I don’t know if it was having an African American president for eight years that they were teed up, they were just ready to explode…It’s crazy how people got nuts about women trying to be empowered or be in positions they weren’t normally in, and it was an ugly, ugly year.”
Thus spake Paul Feig about the failure of his GHOSTBUSTERS remake. Yes, he thinks it was all Trump’s fault. Not realizing that your average geek doesn’t give even an ounce of credence to anything that dunderheaded orange-pallored dolt says or thinks. No, Paul, your movie didn’t flop because of Trump. I’m sorry to break it to you. It flopped because it wasn’t GHOSTBUSTERS. It flopped because we had no interest in a remake of any sort, whether you cast women in the lead roles or all-CGI characters or animatronic aardvarks. I guess everyone had gotten all over their anti-female empowerment kick a few months later when WONDER WOMAN came out, huh?
Two movies with strong female characters in lead roles. One a huge success, one a flop. How could that be? The orange dictator was President for both of them. Is it possible there might be some other factor involved, Paul? Think about it. Take your time.
(BTW, the orange menace was also in the Oval Office when CAPTAIN MARVEL came out, and was likewise not a flop. Just sayin’.)
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
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