(Yeah, yeah, I said
to disconnect from the Internet, not that I was actually going to do
So, there is apparently a new trailer
out for the 2016 Ghostbusters
movie. I don't know if this was the trailer that James Rolfe
was discussing or if this one was even out yet when he released his video. In any case, as far as I'm concerned, it doesn't matter. I do not agree with the headline (or the content) of that Forbes article. The new trailer is not funnier and scarier. The new trailer is still just the same roughly 50% rehash of the original Ghostbusters
movie (seriously, some of the lines in that second trailer are almost word-for-word from the original movie, and I rolled my eyes at those just the same as I rolled my eyes at the "KHAN!" scene from Star Trek Into Darkness
) and 50% inane bullshit that the first trailer was.
But whatever, anyway, a good chunk of the Internet has gotten and is at this very moment still getting really super-duper insanely enraged
over the fact that a semi-famous Youtube guy has said he doesn't want to see this movie, and I find that to be absolutely fascinating. Also appalling, disgusting, and stupid, yes, but still morbidly fascinating. We're talking trainwreck-can't-look-away here. What's actually bad is that, with this ludicrous, hysterical overreaction to James's video, I can even almost, almost
see, if I tilt my head and squint really hard, the point that Irredeemably Toxic Shithole
is (ostensibly) trying to make about how, in some ways, extremist feminism (which they and many others erroneously equate with feminism) is running amok and ruining everything it touches... but then I remember that the vast majority of those those guys
are terrible, festering shitstains on the underwear of humanity for a multitude of reasons, and I come back to my senses. Yeah, I don't turn into a frothing idiot at the mere concept of feminism and such, but at the same time, I also don't turn into a slobbering moron at the mere thought that James Rolfe said he doesn't want to see nuBusters, either. I just don't get it. I really don't.
If you're one of those people who is finding yourself to be outrageously, unreasonably pissed off by James Rolfe's video, to the point that you feel the need to hurl ridiculous ad hominem attacks, or make spurious speculations that "he's probably going to just torrent it anyway" or "really, he's just scared of girls" (when the guy is married and has a daughter), or spread shitty image macros equating anything
he said with fucking, goddamn GamerGate of all things, or whatever other stupid horseshit you feel like spewing all over the Internet, then here's a pro-tip for you: He wasn't talking to you.
He didn't make the video specifically for the purpose of trying to troll you, or whatever. Yeah, sure, there's nothing at all stopping you from watching the video yourself (or, more likely, merely hearing about it from someone else who knows a guy whose brother's pet gerbil might have watched it and made an angry tweet about it, which you unthinkingly retweeted, causing the whole asinine thing to spiral out of control into an echo chamber of angry clusterfuck), and there's nothing stopping you from getting outrageously, unreasonably pissed off by it (whether you actually watched it yourself or not, which I kind of doubt you did), but just be aware that you were not and are not his target audience. He was merely talking to his fans
(yes, believe it or not, dear people of the Internet who may not have even heard of Mr. Rolfe at all prior to this incident, the guy has a lot
of fans, and for good reason), many of whom would have been, and indeed probably already were, bugging him incessantly to see the movie and post a review of it. He was simply explaining to them (not to you, to them) why he wasn't going to see or review it (and implicitly begging them not to flood his inbox with requests to see it and review it). If you read more into that than was actually there, then perhaps you need to stop and consider the possibility that the problem may actually lie with you, not James Rolfe.
(EDIT) No, really, I'm seeing several people that I respect(ed) and admire(d) (and, in some cases, even [used to] follow on Twitter) turning into knee-jerk, reactionary nitwits over this stupid horseshit, and it is disheartening. (/EDIT)