Look, I get it. A man’s gotta eat, and being an immortal vampire means that you’re gonna rack up some serious costs along the way. Day-proofing your house can’t come cheap, I’d imagine. So it’s with heavy heart that I tell you that my boo, Paul Rudd, has let me down personally for reasons that I’m sure are (maybe?) irrational, but also, deeply personal.
See, Paul Rudd has joined the Ghostbusters reboot.
You know, the same reboot that was said to “hand the movie back to the fans” by the director, Jason Reitman. I mean, sure, he had to walk those comments back eventually, but the entire situation has left a bad taste in my mouth, and yes, an irrational dislike of the new Ghostbusters.
But you know what? I’m sure I’m not the only woman who feels that way. Whether or not you liked the 2016 reboot (and I did, very, very much. Hemsworth was hilarious, and I could watch Kate McKinnon as Holtzmann on an infinite loop forever) what is making me feel so gross about the whole thing is that the lady-driven Ghostbusters is being treated as a gross fluke in the franchise, and one that needed to be swept under the rug ASAP in order to preserve the legacy of the first two films (and hot take alert: Ghostbusters 2 wasn’t even that good. 2016 was an improvement from where we left the series.)
So Rudd is joining the announced cast which consists of Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace, and Sigourney Weaver, and rumored to center around a single mom and her two kids. I mean, cool, sounds like a fun movie, not sure why it has to fall under the Ghostbusters franchise, one that lay dormant for 27 years until 2016, and not sure why it has to be made now but here we are.
I just wish that Paul Rudd — who is my fake celebrity boyfriend — hadn’t signed on to this movie.
Why? Well, it feels like an endorsement of the sentiment that Reitman put out earlier this year. That the 2016 version wasn’t for “the fans” and this version will right the perceived egregious missteps of the last movie for the franchise. Again, whether or not you enjoyed it, the fact that it was mired in gross misogyny is undeniable. Putting another Ghostbusters out so soon (with that commentary from Reitman and without any cast from the 2016 version) feels like it’s a win for all those men out there that said vile racist s*it to Leslie Jones that forced her off Twitter for a while, or the horrible ratings these “fans” made sure to put on sites just to let the world know that they hated a lady-led Ghostbusters. I guess I wish that the cast wasn’t full of people I like, and maybe the movie was only able to get Rob Schneider and Chris Pratt to sign on. That’s the type of movie those “fans” deserve.
Like I said in the beginning, I’m a bit let down that Paul Rudd is in this, but only because I’m more let down by how the 2016 film has been treated by all those “fans” out there, who threw a s*it fit, bullied the cast of the film and have been rewarded for it with a do-over. It sucks when the bullies get a win.
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