Ocean’s 8 hits theaters later today in many large theaters, and will hit everywhere else tomorrow. It’s a solid-looking film that’s performing decently with critics, and as of this writing, it has a 72% on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.
The film is the second film in recent memory to piggyback off of an existing franchise’s name. The first film to do so was the much-maligned Ghostbusters film, which received a ridiculous amount of controversy the very instant it was announced that the cast would be all-female. Speaking with Variety on the red carpet of Ocean’s 8 premiere, star Sandra Bullock discussed her reaction to the whole backlash surrounding the Paul Feig-directed action-comedy, which led to Leslie Jones leaving social media:
“That was unfair on a level that I can’t even not be mad about talking about. They literally walked into a firing squad.”
“You had five of the most gifted comedian actresses on the planet — I’m just gonna leave it at that. And it doesn’t just take five people to make a movie. It takes about 300, so, you know what? Let’s back off the meanness. Let’s have a year of kindness. The women are here — we’re not going anywhere. But this isn’t about just women. We like sitting at the table with men. We just want to be invited to their table as well because we like them at our table.”
Interestingly enough, these comments come days after Star Wars: The Last Jedi star Kelly Marie Tran erasing her Instagram photos, seemingly for similar reasons. Like Ghostbusters‘ Leslie Jones, Tran received an endless stream of racist and sexist comments from overzealous fans.
Perhaps most infuriating for me personally was the fact that Ghostbusters wasn’t even a bad film. Sure, it wasn’t great (it was pretty much the epitome of what I consider average), but the hate it received was completely disproportionate to the film’s quality. Sadly, it looks like fandom hasn’t changed a whole lot since then.
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