Judd Apatow, director of Knocked Up and 40-Year-Old Virgin, has decided that anyone who considers the all-female Ghostbusters remake due out this month a likely disaster must also be stockpiling “Make America Great Again” hats, because that’s clearly the only logical explanation for their concerns.
“I would assume there’s a very large crossover of people who are doubtful Ghostbusters will be great and people excited about the Donald Trump candidacy,” he said. “I would assume they are the exact same people. That movie is made by the great Paul Feig and stars the funniest people on Earth, so I couldn’t be more excited.”
There are, of course, lots of movies made by talented directors and starring high-profile comedic actors that fall flat (Judd Apatow has made some notable examples—anyone remember Year One?), and the audience’s political leanings are a non-factor.
But in this case, Apatow may be right, at least as far as one high-profile Donald Trump supporter—Donald Trump—is concerned:
He’s clearly angry about the remake of Ghostbusters, but Trump is almost always angry. And in this instance, he could be angry not because he’s a misogynist, but because he’s concerned that a terrible remake could impact a beloved franchise in the same way Crystal Skull is the Indiana Jones movie everyone tries desperately to forget. And he’s not alone.
Plus, we do know that Trump is a fan of the original movie, because he appeared in a video for a song from the movie’s soundtrack:
Defenders of the movie, like Apatow, may want to believe that concern for the Ghostbusters sequel has been manufactured by the he-man woman-haters of the Internet, but it’s time to come to terms with the idea that the movie could just be terrible—sexism (and Trump) notwithstanding.