Total Film, a popular UK based film monthly magazine, is in hot water with fans of a movie that is no stranger to controversy.
In case you haven’t had access to the internet for the past year, the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot reimagines the original paranormal investigation and extermination troop as women, which turned out to be the equivalent of lighting a fire and running. (Or getting the UK out of the EU and then resigning from your post. Same thing, really.)
While some people have expressed creative concerns with the upcoming film:
— Neil O’Brien (@NeilOphonic) June 24, 2016
Others simply can’t wrap their heads around the movie having female leads:
@MaadMiike DWI, when you think of Ghostbusters you think of men, not women, somethings shouldn’t be changed.
— Darren Main (@MaveMUFC) March 3, 2016
It’s no surprise then, that the Twittersphere ignited with anger once people got a glimpse of Total Film’s latest cover, which has Chris Hemsworth, a who plays a supporting character in the movie as their secretary, is front and center on the cover of the magazine.
— (((Tom Neenan))) (@TNeenan) July 3, 2016
— Eloise Oatley (@welliellie) July 3, 2016
— Beag Ó Colla (@AntoinBeag) June 30, 2016
— Bearded_Centaur™ (@Bearded_Centaur) July 3, 2016
— Michael Miller (@commlink3377) July 3, 2016
Total Film’s editor-in-chief, Jane Crowther, responded to the accusations in an interview with Metro:
“This film has attracted ugly criticism from the get-go and I was always determined to put a female-led blockbuster on Total Film’s cover. We supported the film from the beginning and interviewed everyone for this feature – director, Paul Feig, the leads (Wiig, McCarthy, Jones and McKinnon) and Hemsworth. And our feature frankly discusses the sexism and backlash against the film with all those we talked to. Not sexist at all – but if it gets people talking about, and more aware of, sexism – and gets bums on seats for a female-led summer blockbuster all to the good.”
It’s safe to say that the magazine didn’t intent to play into the misogynistic attitude that has been following the film since its announcement, but you can see how initial observations would have people think otherwise.
In May, a campaign launched by trolls with wifi access was successful in making the trailer for the new Ghostbusters film the least liked in YouTube history.
With less than two weeks until the film’s nationwide debut and reviews still to come, you can expect the misogynistic mudslingers to catch their second wind soon enough.
Ghostbusters will be in theaters nationwide on July 15th, 2016.