Oh the YouTube comments section, a magical place where people seem to assume they can write whatever they like without any reason or consequence. Never have I seen a more toxic review system as the comments section on an upcoming movie’s trailer, more specifically on films that predominantly feature women.
The anonymity of the comment section has opened a gate of hatred and misogyny that has made releasing a movie featuring important female casts is just one obstacle the film industry needs to combat on the path to gender inequality.
The first obvious example for the social media onslaught would be with the release of the all-female remake of ‘Ghostbusters’. I’m aware I talked about this one yesterday, but I really enjoyed the movie and it makes a good example. When the trailer for this movie was released we were treated with the recognisable characters and the promise of ghosts, however, if you scrolled down you’d have seen a never-ending stream of hatred and disbelief that women could possibly replace their precious 80s favourites, some of whom hilariously appeared in the remake.
I think my favourite part about all these comments is how they were used to inspire the movie to include a scene where the characters actually receive some of the comments and openly mock them. Personally, if you just didn’t like the movie that’s perfectly fine films can’t please everyone, just don’t blame your displeasure on the fact it starred all women.
My next example just makes me sad for humanity. This year saw the remake of the well-known movie/game franchise ‘Tomb Raider’ starring Alicia Vikander. I honestly don’t know what to think from the trailer I’ll have to watch it to make my mind up, however, what I do know is that its not acceptable to base your judgments on a movie based on the size of the lead actresses breasts… I mean I actually had to take a minute comments and articles started to creep into existence, comparing Alicia’s bra size to Angelina’s or even the video game character, remember, the one with triangle imaginary breasts.
I mean I’m normally at a loss for words when it comes to the misogynistic hate comments from YouTube, the ones that lack any sort of depth or imagination, but in 2018 or even the 21st century, I’d have thought we had evolved more than to point at a women’s breasts and shout they aren’t big enough for this movie.
While writing this I’d been looking through some of these comments, it started off slightly entertaining and then just progressed to being saddened by humanity. I’m now just going to stop or I’ll just keep getting more bewildered and annoyed with all the hate-filled comments.