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The trailer has been dubbed the most disliked ever on YouTube.
Ghostbusters star Melissa McCarthy isn’t fazed by the online negativity surrounding the trailer for her upcoming film.
The trailer posted March 3 on YouTube has received more “thumbs-down” votes than any other on the site, with 849,981 “thumbs-down” votes vs. 244,692 “thumbs-up” votes based on 32,874,674 views. As a result, it’s been dubbed the most disliked trailer ever.
But McCarthy brushed off the criticism in an interview with The Guardian.
“All those comments — ‘You’re ruining my childhood!’ I mean, really,” she said.
The umbrage taken has been even more pronounced than for the average reboot, and many believe it’s because Ghostbusters marks the first major film to get a female-centric redo (plans for others are in the works, from Ocean’s Eleven to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen).
Continued McCarthy: “Four women doing any movie on earth will destroy your childhood? I have a visual of those people not having a Ben,” she said, referring to her husband and frequent collaborator, Ben Falcone, “not having friends, so they’re just sitting there and spewing hate into this fake world of the internet. I just hope they find a friend.”
When the second trailer appeared online May 18, fans initially had to find it on Facebook. The studio had switched from YouTube in a deliberate effort to combat the cacophony of negative reaction emanating from a very vocal minority online. With the YouTube trailer, bloggers could embed the player on their sites to congregate negativity on Sony’s official YouTube channel.
Gender politics is rearing its ugly head, some observers have said, with even Donald Trump weighing in last year on Instagram: “Now they’re making Ghostbusters with only women. What’s going on?!”
Still others say the trailer just wasn’t very good. “It could’ve been all men with the same jokes, and it still would have sucked,” said Kevin Smith on his podcast.
Ghostbusters hits theaters July 15.