It has come to my attention that popular internet personality James Rolfe (known for his “Angry Video Game Nerd” series) recently released a video explaining why he has no desire to see the upcoming Ghostbusters film. This has lead to severe backlash towards Rolfe, who has been accused of sexism and misogyny, due to the new Ghostbusters’ all-female cast.
This is complete and utter crap. Especially considering many of Rolfe’s recent critics openly claim to not actually watching the video, and basing their claims on the title of the video alone, assuming the context within is about how the new Ghostbusters must be terrible because it stars women. Because surely there’s no other reason why someone might not be interested in the movie.
For those actually willing to give the few short minutes required to watch Mr. Rolfe’s video, here it is, and all of its not-sexism.
The only mention of the upcoming film’s female cast comes at around the 3:10 mark, in which Rolfe makes no negative claims about the female cast, but rather is making a remark of how people have been referring to it as “the female Ghostbusters” as a means to differentiate it from the 1984 original film, due to the 2016 film having an identical title. His complaint is not about the female cast itself. That should be obvious to anyone who actually takes the time to watch the video.
Notably, that whole spiel takes up a very short portion of the video. The majority of Rolfe’s complaints are about how he’s disheartened about the nature of the upcoming film being a reboot, with no direct connections to the iconic series’ existing installments. Rolfe simply argues that the film, in his opinion, should have been a continuation, with the remaining classic Ghostbusters passing the torch to the newcomers, similar to how The Force Awakens did when it established its new stars while continuing the legacies of their predecessors.
If anything, James Rolfe’s only “crime” in his critiques may be that he’s basing his feelings too strongly on nostalgia. His complaints are that the new film has little, if anything, to do with the original Ghostbusters films other than the identical title. It is still possible the film could have some merits of its own, so perhaps his stance of not seeing the film at all, as a means to remember Ghostbusters as it was, is a misguided nostalgia thing. But it most certainly isn’t a sexist thing.
Should we expect any critic who ends up giving the new Ghostbusters a bad review to be labelled as a sexist as well? Are we all just expected to blindly love the new Ghostbusters solely because it stars women? And anyone who doesn’t like it clearly feels that way because they’re some he-man women-hater?
This is all just a sad reminder of the overly politically correct culture we live in today. People simply want to make an issue out of everything these days. I’m not sure if it’s because it makes them feel important, or they simply want to find reasons to belittle others (probably both), but either way we are living in a time where our insistence on being politically correct is reaching dangerous levels. People seem unable to have opinions on anything these days, lest one tiny thing they say be purposefully contorted and misconstrued into something hateful and prejudice so mobs of social justice warriors can give them what for.
Political correctness is getting to the point where it’s actually affecting free speech. If someone can’t dislike a movie that happens to have a female cast without being dubbed a sexist, we have more than a little bit of a problem here.
I’ve seen some people say that Rolfe’s opinion on the movie is “part of a bigger issue dealing with prejudices against women.” Like Hell it is! The man just has an opinion on a movie, and nothing about said opinion even remotely suggests sexism of any degree. What if the new Ghostbusters ends up having terrible dialogue and writing (judging from the trailers, that may very well be the case)? What if it ends up being poorly edited, or more stupid than funny? Are we all just supposed to lavish it with praise anyway just because of the female cast? That’s not female empowerment, that’s just forcing people to think a specific way, or else they’ll face consequences. Last I checked, that’s the kind of mindset practiced by fascism and communism, and one of the big reasons why such things are (rightfully) frowned upon.
The more people continue to force “social issues” onto everything, the more they’re just devaluing the issues they claim to be standing up for. If someone doesn’t like the new Ghostbusters, it’s not part of some “bigger picture.” People are allowed to not like the new Ghostbusters, the female cast is entirely irrelevant.
Not liking a movie is not liking a movie. Trying to force that into something bigger doesn’t make people bigshots standing up for social justice, it just trivializes the social issues themselves. If you really want people to be treated equally, then people should be allowed to judge a movie with a female cast just as they would a movie with a male cast. They shouldn’t be forced to like it just because. That’s just another problem entirely.
Not liking the new Ghostbusters movie does not make you sexist. It just means you don’t like the new Ghostbusters movie. I’ll probably go see it myself to see if it’s any good, though I can’t exactly say I’m expecting much. It could end up being great for all I know. But if I end up hating it, would that make me a horrible, sexist, misogynist pig? No, it wouldn’t. It would just mean I don’t like the new Ghostbusters movie. And that’s okay.