Unfortunately I’ve had no time to see the new Ghostbusters film, though the mass coverage in the media makes me feel like I’ve pretty much seen it already. The movie has stirred up some bizarrely partisan feeling since the all-female reboot was announced back in 2015, bringing it into the argumentative ambit of the competing Gamergate factions in the United States (I say competing, though in reality the “competition” is largely in the paranoid imagination of several right-wing activists and their followers). One contemporary effect of the controversy has been the muting of unfavourable reviews of the film, as liberal critics have over-compensated for the unrelenting hostility of their conservative commentariat. That perhaps is not surprising when one looks at, for instance, the needlessly offensive review of the Paul Feig production by alt-right poster boy, Milo Yiannopoulos (or one his chameleon interns). That has contributed to Yiannopoulos’ permanent ban from Twitter, which is worrying for those of us on the Left who lead a precarious existence on social media networks. The reactionary opinions of the flamboyant Trumpite with a daddy-fixation may be repugnant but there are plenty on the Right who view progressive figures with the same disdain. The censorship door can swing both ways. I’d rather we just took it off the hinges altogether.
On a related point, my brother came back quite disappointed from an early screening of the film. Normally that would lead to a few barbed tweets to his several thousand followers. However in this case he declined to express any opinions because of the negative impact it might have on his career. Personally I was unimpressed by the dodge, but then I’m a burn-all-the-bridges type of geek. In any case, the blunt Comic Book Girl 19 does an excellent job of examining the controversy, both the real stuff and the plentiful fake.