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Men react to tragic news that Chris Hemsworth will play a dumb guy in Lady Ghostbusters

Chris Hemsworth: Misanderistic gender traitor?
Chris Hemsworth: Misanderistic gender traitor?

It’s a dark day for the world’s beleaguered male gender. Again. The Feminazi overlords at Sony have released a horrifying video of what appears to be actor Chris Hemsworth forced to play a buff hunky character who is sort of an idiot in the upcoming Lady Ghostbusters.

I have pasted this video in below. Make sure you are sitting down before you watch it.

Generally, that’s more comfortable, though there are people who swear by that whole standing desk thing. I haven’t tried it. Seems like it would be tiring.

But before you click play on the video, be prepared for some truly shocking footage as Kevin, the dude played by Hemsworth, appears to be somewhat less than competent at his job as a buff, hunky administrative assistant wearing somewhat tight clothing at Lady Ghostbusters Inc, specifically when it comes to answering phones, getting coffee, graphic design, and knowing what the company he works for actually does.

It’s a terrible fall from grace for Hemsworth, who has previously played roles as a buff, hunky dude in tight clothing, only he’s like cool and stuff. I think he was Superman, maybe? Man-Spider? The Batsman?

I’m not really up on that stuff.

In any case, men everywhere are protesting this terrible insult to their gender. And by “everywhere” I mean in the comments on YouTube, which are generally thought to be representative of sophisticated male opinion worldwide.

“This movie needs to fail hard so this sort of stereotyping can die,” says wonderboy2402, widely considered to be the wisest of all in the wonderboy2400 series.

“I though this movie was about equality,” ossander ken added.

Actually, just FYI, the movie as I understand it is about a team of ghost containment specialists — ghost “busters,” if you will — tasked with “busting” numerous ghosts in a short period of time. Maybe you’re thinking of Suffragette?

ohnjohnson, meanwhile, asks the question that is on everyone’s mind:

So, the only reason they keep him around is because he is hot. How is that not sexist or mysogonistic or just stupidity.

How is that not!?

George Hernandez also raises an important question:

So make the only main male role in the film a dumb air head but we say the film isn’t funny and we’re the sexist? That’s some bullshit

“I didn’t care about this film but seeing this made me mad anyways,” HandsomePagan reported.

Patrick Laceholder, already struggling with a not-very manly last name, lamented

It feels like these people who usually work on R-rated films are trying to appeal to the dumbass crowds so they throw in the awkward American hollywood humour and think it’ll work.

It is indeed shocking to see American hollywood humor used in this way in an American hollywood comedy film.

Stanley13579 was simultaneously concerned for Hemsworth and mad at him:

Chris Hemsworth deserves better. I hope he’s at least getting a fat paycheck for being a tool to help Sony sell their cynical product.

“MUH DIVERSITIES” added KarmaAce00.

michael white offers a different sort of critique:

Oh and P.S. Drinking coffee like she did after he drank out of it then kinda spit into it is by no means sexy or funny.. It’s fucking disgusting..😷

Actually, I have to take a teensy bit of an issue with this. While not sexy — I’m not sure why it would need to be? —  it actually was sort of funny. Maybe even more than sort of funny.

OK OK OK I confess. I thought the whole thing was funny. The original trailer was a bit of a letdown for me, but this is giving me more hope that the movie will actually be worthy of its great cast.

Angry dudes: I’m not sure how you’ve managed to miss this, but comedy regularly involves comedians and comic actors deliberately making themselves look like idiots.

Sometimes it involves men making themselves look like idiots.

Sometimes it involves women making themselves look like idiots.

Sometimes both men and women:

Sometimes comedy plays with stereotypes and is funny. Sometimes it just reinforces stereotypes and while this is often not so great, comedically or otherwise, sometimes it can actually be funny too.

For comedic actors, the best roles are often the ones in which they make themselves look like the biggest idiots. Who was the most idiotic character on I Love Lucy? (HINT: Her name is in the title.) Who was the star in I Love Lucy? (HINT: Her name is also in the title. Because it’s the same person.)

Anyway, dudes, relax just a teensy weensy bit. Men are so overrepresented in movies these days, as protagonists and as supporting characters, that it’s still kind of seen as a big deal if two women characters in a feature film have even a single scene in which they actually talk to one another about anything other than a man. And lots of movies fail that seemingly rudimentary test.

And so, if you can’t stand Chris Hemsworth taking a comedic turn as an inept administrative assistant, if the very thought of it makes you mad or sad, it’s possible that your head is so far up your own ass that, well, I mean, that can’t be very enjoyable, your head up in there. It’s sort of disgusting to think about, really.

Anyway, angry Ghostbusters-hating dudes, if you’re concerned about people thinking men are a bunch of ridiculous idiots, one excellent way to fight this perception is to STOP ACTING LIKE A BUNCH OF RIDICULOUS IDIOTS.

Or not, I mean, I find you guys entertaining. I mean, not Flight-of-the-Conchords-level entertaining, but not bad.

The only thing about the Ghostbusters clip that really bugs me is that Sony decided to release it on Administrative Professionals Day. And that’s really kind of patronizing as hell. If most film heroes were Administrative Professionals that would be one thing, but this, not so cool.

But that’s a reflection on Sony’s marketing department, not on the film itself, which I’m sort of starting to actually look forward to again.

H/T — Thanks to  for bringing this to my attention!

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A Space Alpaca
A Space Alpaca
4 years ago

Embarrassment humour makes me cringe, but I love Mr. Bean for some reason.
I have no idea if that’s because there’s not a ton of other people pointing and laughing at him or what? Or maybe just because I started watching it when I was rather young? Although my husband-type-man-thing hates awkward comedy even more than I do and he also likes Mr. Bean. Mr. Bean is universal.

His general loneliness makes me a little sad if I think about it too long, but still an excellent series.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
4 years ago

I looked askance at the GMP even before the rape apologia, just because the name of the site kind of gives away what it was actually trying to do. “We are the good men,” it says, “unlike those other, bad men.” The very name centers the people who ran/wrote for the site, drawing attention to them, and their characteristics, instead of to the problems that the site alleged to address.

It just struck me from the beginning as a self-centered name, the kind that only a very privileged person accustomed to always being the center of everything would choose.

So the rape apologia didn’t exactly surprise me when it eventually rolled around. Rapists are experts at centering themselves. It seemed like a natural fit, actually.

katz
4 years ago

No, Seriously, What About The Menz? was a good-faith effort to address men’s issues by erstwhile WHTMer Ozymandias. They got picked up by The Good Men Project but eventually had to stop after being overwhelmed with MRAs and general douchebaggery.

Unfortunately any attempt to repeat the experiment probably has the same fate if it gains any traction. Doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing, though.

dlouwe
dlouwe
4 years ago

Embarrassment humour makes me cringe, but I love Mr. Bean for some reason.

While I think it would qualify on its face, I don’t think Mr. Bean really fits in with “embarrassment humour” because it’s not the “cringe moment” that drives the comedy, but rather Rowan Atkinson’s performances. I think skits like the nativity scene, getting dressed on the beach, and making a sandwich in the park illustrate this well. These scenes do include bit parts so that there is someone observing his shenanigans, but I think those are more to illustrate the fact that Mr. Bean is completely shameless, rather than induce embarrassment.

I’m sure there’s also something to do with how the people around him react; it’s largely with either bewilderment or annoyance. Not much to trigger those harsh 3rd-person embarrassment feels.

FreneticFerret
FreneticFerret
4 years ago

I get the ‘second hand embarrassment’ thing from a lot of media, but strangely, not so much from Lucy. Maybe it was because you knew things would usually turn out okay for her in the end. Her husband and her friends just rolled with it, too, instead of trying to make her feel bad.

katz
4 years ago

Oh man, I hate embarrassment humor! I used to leave the room for those scenes when I was a kid. Not for the scary scenes in horror movies, but for the embarrassment scenes. Mr. Bean did feel pretty embarrassment-heavy to me, and also I always felt like he was some kind of mentally disabled stereotype that made me uncomfortable?

I really like Lucy though and I don’t find her stuff embarrassing at all. Maybe because so many of her routines are just classic comedy exercises (eg, one person being another person’s arm) done with so much technical proficiency.

leftwingfox
leftwingfox
4 years ago

katz: Oh god, right with you.

As a kid, I was beyond fidgety whenever embarrassment humour or bad lying happened. Couldnt sit still, often had to leave the room and try to block out the input. To this day, I am profoundly and painfully uncomfortable even watching someone I despise getting grilled on their contradictions ion an interview.

After an incident with my landlady this past year, I’ve started to wonder if those weren’t actually “mild” panic attacks.

Tessa
Tessa
4 years ago

OK, I don’t get how they’re mad! Chris Hemsworth is KILLING it in that. That was really funny. Hehe “They kept getting dirty.” He’s not known for his comedy, and he does it really well and convincing (at least in the short clip, and the actual comedians seemed to be impressed with him). It’s like seeing Brad Pitt in Burn After Reading.

mildlymagnificent
mildlymagnificent
4 years ago

Not really a fan of I Love Lucy myself, but that’s because I spent so much of a lot of episodes feeling so embarrassed on her behalf that I couldn’t enjoy them.

I’m of the age that watched Lucy and laughed easily.

Decades later, I watched a doco series on humour and, it turns out, Lucy is an absolute champion.

She couldn’t get a couple in a double bed past the tv censors of the time, but she did force the issue of having a married couple in their bedroom (single beds) both wearing nightclothes at the same time. And, achievement upon achievement, she also got to portray an obviously pregnant woman … on camera … not just her face & upper body … a genuine whole, bulging pregnant woman.

And she did it by being screamingly funny within the very tight limitations of the time. On screen. Off camera, she aggressively pushed the limits of script writing and visual representation of married and family life as far as she could go.

Skiriki
Skiriki
4 years ago

making a sandwich in the park

My favorite Mr. Bean sketch.

Especially “listen to the herring” part after smacking it against the arm rail.

Smack the Pony has some seriously hilarious skits.

The Fast Show had an interesting reoccurring character: Girl Men Can’t Hear, a woman who tries to put forward an idea to a group of men but is completely ignored, only for a man in that group to repeat what she has just said and receive congratulations from the others for having had such a good idea. This character was apparently invented by Arabella Weir to parody similar experiences she’d had with the men in the Fast Show team.

If you can spot Never Mind the Horrocks somewhere, do give it a go.

Saphira
Saphira
4 years ago

I see nothing wrong with a ditzy, hot male character. For that matter, I see nothing wrong with a ditzy, hot female character. Both can be very entertaining to watch in movies. But when the vast majority of women’s roles seem to be that ditzy, hot character or one of a handful of other stereotypical characters, there’s a problem. But I don’t expect the MRAs to look past their privilege to see that.

Axecalibur
Axecalibur
4 years ago

I adore Hemsworth. Thor’s my favoritest Avenger, and he’s always shown great comedic chops, even in that role. Not a GB fan, but he and Ms McKinnon kinda making me wanna see this. And to spite the sexist assholes, but that’s just icingcomment image

ETA: I like gifs

Huggbees
Huggbees
4 years ago

Like Hemsworth is the only actor to play a goofy idiot character Jim Carrey has played that role pretty much his entire career.

Arobin08
Arobin08
4 years ago

There’s nothing wrong with having a dumb character but the only prominent man in the movie is the only stupid and incompetent character, all the women are intelligent and competent, I kinda wish there could be one man in the movie who gets to be treated with respect as well

katz
4 years ago

There’s nothing wrong with having a dumb character but the only prominent man in the movie is the only stupid and incompetent character, all the women are intelligent and competent, I kinda wish there could be one man in the movie who gets to be treated with respect as well

You could go watch literally any other movie ever made.

isidore13
isidore13
4 years ago

@Arobin08, so far I don’t see him being treated any differently than the same part given to women countless times – except he’s much less sexualized than a woman in an eye-candy role would be. Hell, he’s less sexualized than most women are in any role, regardless of how competent her character is supposed to be.

weirwoodtreehugger
4 years ago

I kinda wish there could be one man in the movie who gets to be treated with respect as well

What Katz and Isidore said, but also, how do you know there aren’t any men treated with respect in the movie? The movie isn’t even out yet?

I also doubt that all the women will be presented as competent. A major part of the comedy in the first two movies is that the Ghostbusters save the day despite constant bumbling. From the trailer, it seems similar in this one. Especially with the Melissa McCarthy character.

Freemage
Freemage
4 years ago

WWTH: On Danny Hastert, it doesn’t surprise me that the Manuresphere has been silent; it would require them to admit that the vast majority of the time, men and boys are victimized by other men, not by Ebil Femaaaalenists.

That said, kudos to the judge in the case, who literally hit Hastert with everything he had. 15 months is over twice as long as the sentencing guidelines would normally have locked him up for the actual conviction (this was very much a Capone-busted-for-tax-evasion case).

BTW, I’m pushing for the term, “Hastert Rule” to become common parlance. Basically stated: “When someone insists on downplaying rape, sexual abuse or sexual harassment charges made against others, there’s always a reason.” For those who didn’t know, Hastert was driven out of his Speaker of the House position after it came to light that he’d been slow-to-the-point-of-dereliction to respond to a scandal around a couple of House Republicans sexually abusing their (teenage) pages.

Naming this phenomenon for Hastert seems an appropriate punishment, on top of the jail time and the soon-to-be-filed lawsuits by his victims.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
4 years ago

There’s nothing wrong with having a dumb character but the only prominent man in the movie is the only stupid and incompetent character, all the women are intelligent and competent, I kinda wish there could be one man in the movie who gets to be treated with respect as well

Do you make this same complaint when none of the women in a movie are treated with respect?

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
4 years ago

There’s nothing wrong with having a dumb character but the only prominent man in the movie is the only stupid and incompetent character, all the women are intelligent and competent, I kinda wish there could be one man in the movie who gets to be treated with respect as well

Oh, are you psychic? Because the fucking movie hasn’t come out yet.

Diptych
Diptych
4 years ago

Something about his voice is kind of bothering me – I assume it’s his natural speaking voice. I can’t quite figure out whether it’s because I’m not used to Australian accents in non-Australian productions, or because it’s not the kind of voice a comic character would have if it were an Australian production. It’s a bland, neutral, straight-man voice. Weird!

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
4 years ago

@ Diptych

It reminds me a bit of Shaun Micallef’s accent in the Mr. and Mrs. Murder series.

ETA: Now I’m trying to decide if Micallef was playing straight man there or not … honestly, most of the banter reminded me of Nick and Nora Charles.

Diptych
Diptych
4 years ago

Maybe we’ll learn that, for all his apparent ditziness, Kevin actually did half a semester of parapsychology and a night course in practical exorcisms?

kupo
kupo
4 years ago

Slightly off topic, but Wil Wheaton did a video about the response to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It contains spoilers.

https://youtu.be/pHckKckhBYc

(((VioletBeauregarde))): Social Justice Necromancer
(((VioletBeauregarde))): Social Justice Necromancer
4 years ago

Embarrassment humour makes me cringe, but I love Mr. Bean for some reason.

Same here…and re: Chris Hemsworth, he looked like he was having a shitload of fun in the movie–not at all like he was forced to play Kevin.