Ghostbusters, Milo, and Other Miscellaneous Idiocy

So let’s start with Milo, the transtrender cunt dickwad who came out a week ago saying that all “cisgender” (a term that shouldn’t exist) people are transphobic, that all white people are racist, that all heterosexuals are homophobic, and so on. I’m not going to say much about this–because, really, what does one say to such idiocy?–but I do want to say:

This fool is obviously transtrender (another term that shouldn’t exist). This faggot has gotten swept away on Tumblr (where it’s cool to be LGBT) and wants to be part of that, despite calling himself a girl one minute and calling herself a guy the next–demonstrably not transgender and it’s important that we don’t let people who are not transgender claim the label.

Because, if we do allow that, then we end up with people like Buffalo Bill saying that they’re transgender–generally because they may want to get into the women’s restroom. Who cares why–the fact is that “transgender” is a lifestyle, not a label. So let no more be said of this idiot. I’m sure you’ve heard it by now, but I just want to add:

milo

*clears throat*

Well, then.

Moving on.

Ghostbusters

…was doomed to failure from the start, as other people have pointed out, because it makes the same mistake that George Lucas made with the Star Wars prequels–it just makes the mistakes in a different way. George Lucas overlooked the Hero’s Journey in the prequels; he discarded everything he’d learned from Joseph Campbell and produced three films of robotic characters that no one liked, lacking the classical storytelling elements of a man leaving home, gleefully embarking on a small journey, returning home to find that he can’t stay, and then reluctantly heading on on the bigger journey. All of the character types are there in the original trilogy:

  • Luke Skywalker, the classic hero.
  • Leia, the princess who needs to be rescued (despite not really being a princess)
  • Han, the rapscallion thief (“smuggler”) with a heart of gold
  • C3PO – the comedic relief, bumbling simpleton
  • R2-D2 – the classic foil to C3PO
  • Darth Vader, the villain with a troubled past
  • The Emperor, unbridled evil.

It’s a story as classic as storytelling itself. Lucas threw all that out when he made the prequels, and Ghostbusters has now thrown all that out, as well. For one reason, and for one reason alone:

The all-female cast.

We need to clear up something real quick. Ghostbusters was, and has always been, a guy movie. They were 1980s equivalents of Knocked Up or The Hangover, or even Monty Python and the Holy Grail. They were written by guys for guys to find funny. They were, as others have pointed out, movies about 4 friends undertaking an adventure–a business adventure, but an adventure nonetheless.

I’m not going to say there’s no place for women in the series. In fact, Dan Akroyd’s character could easily have been replaced by a woman, and no one would have thought anything about it. Out of the four main characters, Akroyd’s blended into the woodwork; for the life of me, I can’t remember the name of his character, and I’ve seen those movies dozens of times. In fact, Ghostbusters is my favorite movie, and has been for many years. Ghostbusters II… not so much. It’s still good, but… it’s not the first one, not by a long shot.

My point is that recasting Ghostbusters to be an all-female cast is a blatant ploy to make SJWs like the movie and to ensure that it gets positive reception–anyone who speaks out against the movie, whether having seen it or not, is immediately derided as a misogynist. “You just can’t handle female characters getting the spotlight!”

No, I liked Twilight. I liked Hunger Games. I liked the new Star Wars movie.

Note: I haven’t seen any of those movies, but that’s because I don’t really watch many movies. Something has to be very, very special for me to want to watch it, and the crap Hollywood has shat out in the last 20 years doesn’t have much to offer me.

The equivalent would be taking the Twilight movies (I have read the books and seen the first film, to be honest), but replacing Bella with Bob, a male character, and replacing Edward and Jacob with Elizabeth and Jackie. The entire thing gets fucked up as a result of those changes; no one wants to watch the movie about a shy dude arriving at a new high school and falling in love with a vampire chick. No one wants to see that. Is it because they’re misandrists? No! It’s because the very concept goes against everything we humans have evolved to be, it goes against the very fundamental grains of our storytelling.

And sure, that’s probably sexist at its heart, but it’s also not going to change simply because people want it to. Evolution made us this way, and there are differences between the sexes. Are the sexes equal? Yes. Are they congruent? No. Are they equal? Yes. Are they identical? No.

I would remind people that 3 + 2 + 5 = 4 + 4 +2.

Things can be equal without being identical.

And yes, there are exceptions to everything, and if people want to attempt to break the subconscious tropes of our species with a movie that stars an all-female cast undergoing the Hero’s Journey, that’s fine–but don’t expect people to like it, and don’t call people misogynists simply for pointing out that the idea is flawed.

And if you’re going to do something like that, how fucking dare you take a beloved masterpiece like Ghostbusters and drag its name through the mud to prove your misguided, weak, and fallacious point? If you want to make this movie, call it anything but fucking Ghostbusters. Just like if we remade Twilight with a male protagonist and female vampires/werewolves, people would want us to name it anything but Twilight. Dragging beloved series’ names through the mud in your attempt to make something that appeals to SJWs and that will be enshrined not because it’s a good movie but because you’ve guaranteed that this trite shit will be called “ground-breaking” and “huge strides for the feminist movement” (even when it isn’t), and that no one will be allowed to criticize it because every fucking time someone like me opens our mouths to point out things like this, we’re called hateful bigots.

So whatever this shit is that is coming out this summer, it is not Ghostbusters.

I got a little carried away and posted that before I meant to. There’s much more idiocy to discuss.

Fox recently stole a clip from Youtube that a guy uploaded playing the NES video game Double Dribble. Fox literally stole the clip, evidently without the guy’s permission, and used it in their show Family Guy (which probably wasn’t legal). Then, in a true display of jackassery, dickery, douchebaggery, and all other forms of fucking bullshittery, filed a DMCA against the guy’s video on YouTube and had it removed. Fox, after airing it in Family Guy, deemed itself the copyright holder of that video, and that the video the guy uploaded was their intellectual property.

Keeping in mind, of course, that Fox stole this video from this guy via Youtube, where it had been for YEARS, the move is one that should make even the most diehard proponent of Intellectual Property see how absurd it is. So Fox steals this video, uses it in one of their shows, and then flags the video that they stole as being stolen from them. I won’t watch Family Guy again until Seth MacFarlene himself apologizes for that. Fox has fixed the issue, but it doesn’t change the fact that they did it; this happened. They stole a video (probably illegally), used it in their show without permission, and then accused the guy whose video they stole of stealing the video from them.

It’s fucking mind-blowing. Is there anything that can be said about that other than “Wow. Just… wow.”

Cool Video Game

The review will be coming out in the next day or two on Cubed3, but in the meantime I want to give a shout-out to a cool little rhythm game on PC called Melody’s Escape, which allows you to use your own music. It’s not the best thing ever, but I’ve scored it a 7/10, and it’s really fun and warrants some attention. You can read my review either when it hits Cubed3, or at Patreon if you’re a $3.00+/month supporter. It’s a nice way to kill time, and I had gone past the 2 hour refund mark before I was even aware of it. A fun game, well worth a look.

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