The popular YouTube series ‘Honest Trailers’ has released a video for a film that was possibly one of the divisive films of the summer: Paul Feig’s remake of Ghostbusters. And due to the rampant controversy surrounding the film, it’s one of, if not the only Honest Trailers that has the comments disabled.
Allow me to get personal here for just a moment: it wouldn’t even be so bad if the controversy surrounding this film was over whether it was a good film or not. That certainly is a reasonable debate (I haven’t seen it and therefore can’t add my own views, but I have heard mixed reviews) - all films can, and should, be examined critically and if that was all that was happening, it really would be a non-issue.
But a huge majority of the ‘controversy’ isn’t over the actual quality of the film - which, thankfully, Honest Trailers does actually discuss. Most of the hatred of this film comes down to the fact that this is a remake with all female protagonists, to the point where Leslie Jones, one of the stars, was hounded off Twitter after a slew of horrifying racist and sexist abuse directly stemming from a troll’s Ghostbusters review (the author of which then actually incited more violence towards her).
So it’s no surprise that Honest Trailers decided not to invite further hatred by disabling their comments. The narrator, despite not being a fan of the film and saying as much, saves his harshest criticisms for the haters of the film, comparing “people who legitimately like yelling hateful nonsense on the internet” to Donald Trump - who, hilariously, is yelling hateful nonsense about Ghostbusters. The video also ends with an exasperated rant in which the narrator yells, “Man, how did a Ghostbusters movie become the most political thing in America during an election year? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!”
You can read our review of Ghostbusters here and watch the Honest Trailer below.