A new LEGO set based on the "Ghostbusters" reboot inspires sexist comments online.
In case you've been living underneath a proton pack and didn't know yet, Ghostbusters is being rebooted for a new film featuring all women, including Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Kristen Wiig. In advance of its summer release date, toy companies are starting to tease products to build up excitement around the new movie.
One such offering is from LEGO. The new Ghostbusters vehicle comes fully equipped with all the stuff fans expect to see, like rad ghost-busting and trapping gear. But it also features female figures from the new movie's cast. And although it won't be available until July, some on social media are ready to slime—er, slam—the set already.
"And why the female Thor as well? It's the Politics of Male Replacement," wrote one commenter on LEGO's Facebook page after a photo of the vehicle was posted.
Another comment reads: "Actually yeah its just money. This is an unnecesary [sic] reboot. If they want equality, instead of changing the gender of the characters and ruining the franchise, why dont they just make something new? With the exact same 4 females."
And another: "The movie will be terrible. Why couldn't they leave it alone?"
But not everyone has a "boo"-ne to pick with the movie and its spin-off toys. Plenty of comments expressed excitement about the LEGO set and their plans to buy one this summer.
As for me, I'm definitely game to see the movie. I love that the new cast features women; now Ghostbusters, a movie I loved as a kid, can gain an entirely new following, including my three daughters. And, well, boys too. I'm a girl, and I enjoyed the original film with an all-male cast, so I'm sure boys could enjoy an all-female one! But you can't please everyone, clearly. Too bad the proton pack doesn't work on mean Internet trolls.
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Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.