Ghostbusters Director Fighting Back Against Internet Trolls

Bustin’ makes him feel good.

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The Ghostbusters reboot may be the most trolled movie in history and it hasn’t even premiered yet. It’s director has even reportedly received death threats on Twitter from people who are taking his re-imagined story of a team of New Yorkers that, yes, capture ghosts for a living, very seriously.

Its trailer was infamously branded “the most disliked trailer in history,” and even co-star Melissa McCarthy admitted she isn’t a big fan of it. And who knows? Maybe the movie will be as terrible as its initial marketing campaign suggests. That would be unfortunate, as we’re living in a golden age of sorts for female driven comedies and action films that resonate with mainstream audiences—one of which director Paul Feig has been a major player.

So, it’s understandable that Feig is a little tired of all the shit he’s taking from the delerious fan boy underbelly of social media. The A.V. Club has broken it all down, noting that the hatred for Feig’s, again, still unreleased movie is a war without a country. No one is taking responsibility for the social media bloodbath even as disdain for the rebooted franchise has practically become mandatory in the national pop culture conversation. Or, as Feig bluntly told the New York Daily News, “Geek culture is home to some of the biggest assholes I’ve ever met in my life,” he said. Especially after being attacked by them for months because of this 'Ghostbusters' project.”

All of that could change when the film finally hits theaters on July 16. At that point, audiences will judge for themselves if the director of Bridesmaids, Spy and several other female driven comedies has delivered on the hopes and promises of millions of fans. If the film turns out to be a critical and commercial success, Feig and his talented cast of (mostly) women will be celebrated and we’ll all raise a toast to the long and slow march toward parity on the silver screen. But what about those nameless trolls? Is there any accountability for those who throw rocks from the dark corners of the Internet? Probably not. But back in an earlier interview, Feig already gave the perfect response to those feeling threatened by his particular approach to comedy.

“The biggest thing I’ve heard for the last four months is, ‘Thanks for ruining my childhood,’ he told the A.V. Club. “It’s going to be on my tombstone when I die. It’s so dramatic. Honestly, the only way I could ruin your childhood is if I got into a time machine and went back and made you an orphan.”

Now, that sounds like a movie I’d pay to see.

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Looking back, the year 1995 seems like such an innocent time. America was in the midst of its longest streak of peace and prosperity. September 11, 2001 was six years away, and the internet didn't seem like much more than a passing fad.

Twenty-four years ago, 18 million U.S. homes had modem-equipped computers, 7 million more than the year before. Most logged in through America Online where they got their email or communicated with random strangers in chat rooms.

According to a Pew Research study that year, only 32% of those who go online say they would miss it "a lot" if no longer available.

Imagine what those poll numbers would look like if the question was asked today.

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"Few see online activities as essential to them, and no single online feature, with the exception of E-Mail, is used with any regularity," the Pew article said. "Consumers have yet to begin purchasing goods and services online, and there is little indication that online news features are changing traditional news consumption patterns."

"Late Night" host David Letterman had Microsoft founder and, at that time the richest man in the world, on his show for an interview in '95 to discuss the "the big new thing."

During the interview Letterman chided Gates about the usefulness of the new technology, comparing it to radio and tape recorders.

Gates seems excited by the internet because it will soon allow people to listen to a baseball game on their computer. To which Letterman smugly replies, "Does radio ring a bell?" to laughter from the crowd.

But Gates presses Letterman saying that the new technology allows you to listen to the game "whenever you want," to which Letterman responds, "Do tape recorders ring a bell?"

Gates then tells Letterman he can keep up with the latest in his favorite hobbies such as cigar smoking or race cars through the internet. Letterman shuts him down saying that he reads about his interests in magazines.

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The discussion ends with the two laughing over meeting like-minded people in "troubled loner chat room on the internet."

The clip brings to mind a 1994 segment on "The Today Show" where host Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric have a similar discussion.

"What is internet anyway?" an exasperated Gumball asks. "What do you write to it like mail?"

"It's a computer billboard but it's nationwide and it's several universities all joined together and it's getting bigger and bigger all the time," a producer explains from off-stage.

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A new CBS News poll found that 70% of Americans between 18 and 29 feel climate change is a crisis or a serious problem, while 58% of Americans over the age of 65 share those beliefs. Additionally, younger generations are more likely to feel like it's their personal responsibility to address climate change, as well as think that transitioning to 100% renewable energy is viable. Overall, 25% of Americans feel that climate change is a "crisis," and 35% feel it is a "serious problem." 10% of Americans said they think climate change is a minor problem, and 16% of Americans feel it is not a problem that worries them.

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