Ghostbusters is easily the most controversial movie of 2016.
The thing is…
It didn’t have to be so controversial. But a bunch of folks got all offended over it. Like how dare they reboot this franchise! And with girls!
Personally, I’m kind of over it. It’s out. It exists. It’s Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. It will probably have a sequel. No one has to watch it if they don’t want to.
And there are plenty of other things in the world to get angry about.
Truth be told, the Ghostbusters cast and crew seem kind of done with the whole thing as well. Not that I blame them, of course.
One of the cast of the excellent original film, Harold Ramis, tragically died a few years back. Yet his daughter, Violet Ramis Stiel, gave her father a voice in regards to the whole controversy.
In an interview with Split Sider, she said: “In his personal life, Harold Ramis was a kind, generous and gracious person. Professionally, he was always about sharing the spotlight and making the other guy look good. Please, stop using my dad as an excuse to hate the new Ghostbusters. It degrades his memory to spew bile in his name.”
She talked about her own fannish annoyance when her father’s character was replaced by Egon in The Real Ghostbusters.
She said: “I still get annoyed when I see blond cartoon Egon, but who cares?! It’s a 20-year-old cartoon! The new movie is not the original and it’s not trying to be. Give it a chance and go see it! Or don’t, that’s fine. But resist the urge to hold on so tightly to the past that you choke off new life.”
Ghostbusters is out in theatres.
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