Melissa McCarthy admitted the first trailer for the female-fronted Ghostbusters was “very confusing” on The Johnjay and Rich Show after the first clip received enough “thumbs-down” votes on YouTube to place it among the 100 most disliked videos.
McCarthy explained that while the clip — and the slightly different second trailer — begins with a “30 years ago…” title card, the new movie is “not dependent on” the 1984 original and 1989 sequel.
“It’s a reboot, not a remake,” the actress said. “I know it’s weird that they say ’30 years ago,’ but in this movie it’s like the first one didn’t happen. It’s that great story but told totally differently. But it’s the same thing of four unlikely heroes: it’s in New York City [and] ghosts are taking over.”
McCarthy said she didn’t “quite get” the “30 years later” card herself and cracked. “Believe me, the question was asked. I was like, ‘I think that’s very confusing.’ But then everyone said, ‘We don’t care what you think.'”
Since it arrived at the beginning of March, the Ghostbusters trailer has accumulated over 30 million views and approximately 650,000 dislikes (as of this publishing). While there is significant crossover between videos that fall on YouTube’s most disliked videos and most viewed videos, the Ghostbusters clip has an abnormally high number of dislikes to views. Its ratio comes out to about 46:1, while — per the film site ScreenCrush — Justin Bieber’s “Baby” (the least liked video of all time) has 6 million thumbs downs to 1.36 billion views for a ratio of 226:1, while Psy’s “Gangnam Style” (fourth least liked) has 1.5 million dislikes to 2.5 billion views for a ratio of 1,666:1 (though it should also be noted that those videos have been on the YouTube for six and four years, respectively, compared to one month for Ghostbusters).
Director Paul Feig implied the votes against the Ghostbusters trailer were part of a concerted effort — perhaps with misogynistic undertones — in an interview with The Guardian, saying: “The haters on our trailer were very proud of the fact they had racked up 400,000 [currently 600,000] dislikes on YouTube versus 200,000 likes. But [given the number of views] that’s not a majority by anybody standards. Some of it is that people don’t want an old property touched — I’m sympathetic to that. But the ones who are hating it because it’s about women? That’s just a non-starter.”
Along with McCarthy, the new Ghostbusters stars Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. It opens July 15th.