Melissa McCarthy, who plays Abby Yates in the film, quipped back at Kimmel that “what these guys don’t say when they’re typing is that their moms are like ‘get upstairs and take out the garbage! You’re forty five years old
And then there is this,
Washington Post columnist Kristen Page-Kirby has a new insult to try out. In her review of the film, she wrote that “’Ghostbusters’ is pretty funny and anyone who says otherwise is a virgin loser who lives in his mom’s basement.”
But, of course. This cliche is the feminist’s go to. In fact, it the basis for the villain in the new Ghostbusters. Nerdly, geeky, “socially challenged” guys are a favorite punching bag. Especially ones that live in Mom’s basement (and why just Mom, where is Dad?). So why is this. Like so many social issues, there are many facets. Here is an attempt to list them.
I. They should be out there making money, paying taxes, and if they get their shit together, become beta-bucks candidates.
II. Their social skills are poor, so they make a good target that really can’t fight back well. Of course, they never really had a chance to develop their social skills, as they were probably ostracized from an early age. Compare that to girls, and nowadays even fat ones, who are showered with esteem and adulation.
III. People need other people to be below them in order for themselves to feel more esteem. Who better to place at the bottom of the totem pole?
IV. Women are the gateway to sex just via the virtue of being born with a vagina (the law says so). It feels good to wield this power over a group of sex-starved men. One wonders if they are sadists…
In the olden days, shaming might have worked on these fellas. However, today, they are somewhat large numbers. Not just the guys living in the proverbial basement, but men who work the bare amount to survive and exist with their hobbies (e.g. video games, fishing). With numbers, comes a form of legitimacy. It will be interesting to see what the future holds.