The Internet Can’t Stop Arguing About the New Ghostbusters Trailer

Men on the internet ain't afraid of no ghosts, but some of them sure seem terrified of women

Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones in Ghostbusters trailer (Photo: Screenshot via Youtube)
Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones in Ghostbusters trailer (Photo: Screenshot via Youtube)

There’s something strange in the neighborhood. Who we gonna call?

Oh yes! The ghosts are terrorizing New York again and the new Busters happen to be four of the funniest women in entertainment. Naturally, people are psyched for this.

How could they not be? There’s a lot to like about this trailer. We saw some good jokes…

Some awesome-looking ghosts…

(Yay Slimer!)

And of course…

In fact, he way this character is used in the trailer is one reason it’s getting such a positive reaction. And no, it’s not just because Chris Hemsworth is a pretty, pretty man. Though that is part of it.

This has made at least one Twitter user hopeful that other aspects of this movie’s marketing will be gender-flipped as well.

(No lie, I’d totally be down to wear that come October. Make it happen, costume companies!)

A lot of people have also fallen madly in love Kate McKinnon’s character, Jillian Holtzmann. I’m pretty sure this shot alone sold millions of opening night tickets.

For a while, the entire Ghostbusters feed on both Twitter and Tumblr was like…

Still, this being the internet, the trailer had its fair share of haters. To be fair, some had legitimate complaints. Maybe they just found it underwhelming.

Or they felt it didn’t do enough to address stereotypes.

Or they think it’s a little messed up that the three white women in the movie are scientists, while Leslie Jones’s character, the only black woman in the trailer, works for the MTA and has a car. Yes, the roles were similar in the 1984 original, but it’s not unreasonable to expect more over 30 years later.

Of course, a disproportionate amount of the hate this trailer received didn’t mention any of that. Instead, it looked more like this.

And this.

I even saw a few people try to start a #BoycottGhostbusters hashtag like they did with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Because that was so successful.

As you’d expect, comments like these were followed by the inevitable backlash to the backlash, which for the most part, is brilliant.

Even Peter Venkman weighed in.

Essentially, the #Ghostbusters hashtag looks pretty much like this.

Or more accurately depicted by Tumblr artist Andthisiswhatthedagdoes:

(Seriously though, where my Pacific Rim 2 at? I NEED my giant robot fix.)

In the end though, if you enjoyed the trailer, who cares what anyone else thinks.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to scour eBay for 20-year-old boxes of unopened Ecto Cooler. The Internet Can’t Stop Arguing About the <em>New Ghostbusters</em> Trailer