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12 Ways You Can Support The New "Ghostbusters" Movie Against The Hate Campaign

If we can't get rid of the troll-y hate campaign, we might as well drown them out.

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Since it was announced in 2014, the new Ghostbusters movie has been plagued by trolls hell-bent on stopping the world from enjoying a woman-led blockbuster that also happens to be a reboot.

It's gotten pretty brutal.
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It's gotten pretty brutal.

But just because there's a campaign to stop us from enjoying something doesn't mean we can't counteract it in our own ways. So here are some tips to fight the garbage.

1. Go see the damn movie.

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Columbia Pictures

We've still got a little while longer, but this is probably the most important step. This is capitalism, and this movie's going to be judged by its ability to rake in the kind of cold hard cash studio execs love to roll around in like this cat. If it falters even a little in the box office, there will be dozens of thinkpieces about what this ~means~ for lady-led franchises. And even more than that, it'd make the trolls way too happy. We can't have that. We need to crush their dreams and make this the most whopping of successes.

This is a big movie! It'll probably be fine despite the trolls! But let's not risk it, OK?

2. Go see it multiple times if you have the means.

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See above.

3. Bring your friends.

MAKE IT A GODDAMN PARTY. HAVE SO MUCH FUN PUBLICLY WHILE GOING TO WATCH THIS MOVIE. DRESS UP LIKE KATE MCKINNON AND LESLIE JONES AND MELISSA MCCARTHY AND KRISTEN WIIG’S CHARACTERS AND MAKE YOUR ONE GUY FRIEND DRESS LIKE CHRIS HEMSWORTH AND HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR FUCKING LIFE.
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MAKE IT A GODDAMN PARTY. HAVE SO MUCH FUN PUBLICLY WHILE GOING TO WATCH THIS MOVIE. DRESS UP LIKE KATE MCKINNON AND LESLIE JONES AND MELISSA MCCARTHY AND KRISTEN WIIG’S CHARACTERS AND MAKE YOUR ONE GUY FRIEND DRESS LIKE CHRIS HEMSWORTH AND HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR FUCKING LIFE.

4. Make that theater as rowdy and supportive as a bunch of drunk girls in a bar bathroom, aka the pinnacle of supportive funtimes.

Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL became events known for women gathering in groups and very loudly and exuberantly crowding theaters with their joy. But I promise you, while I will never undermine the power of the Magic Mike franchise, I know we can have just as much exuberant fun without the dudes.
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Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL became events known for women gathering in groups and very loudly and exuberantly crowding theaters with their joy. But I promise you, while I will never undermine the power of the Magic Mike franchise, I know we can have just as much exuberant fun without the dudes.

5. Rewatch the entire Melissa McCarthy/Paul Feig filmography.

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20th Century Fox

Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy — all could and should be considered modern comedy classics, all hopefully harbingers of the brilliance to come with the new Ghostbusters. ESPECIALLY The Heat, which was also written by Katie Dippold.

6. Tweet happy thoughts.

@Lesdoggg We got a team to help bust some ghosts with you girls. :)

I promise you the mentions of co-writer Katie Dippold, director/co-writer Paul Feig, and stars Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones are currently 80% garbage. They could use a little brightening.

7. Make a hashtag to counteract the hatred.

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A lot of the hatred has organized into #BoycottGhostbusters. Let's just go on and ignore that one and start our own lil' party. Something simple like #GoSeeGhostbusters or #SupportGhostbusters? Something salty and misandrist like #Ballbusters? Give us your suggestions in the comments! But let's drown out some of the nonsense.

8. Remind people that Donald Trump also publicly maligned the women-led Ghostbusters.

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Then bring up the "Old Man Yells at Cloud" moment from The Simpsons and draw some parallels between that image, this Insta, and all the hate flooding through #BoycottGhostbusters every day.

9. Don't be afraid to mute people.

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It's completely OK to sidestep the organized effort that's going around to block this movie. There will surely be legit, founded criticism of this film — but it will be separate from the campaign of hatred currently ruling the conversation. Mute the latter on up! And it the mute button doesn't prove strong enough, always remember it's OK to block and report harassers. As the MTA says, if you see something, say something.

10. Get your cosplay on and turn the 2016 Ghostbusters fandom into one to be reckoned with.

@paulfeig I took my GB Reboot cosplay out for a spin this weekend at Mega-Con in Orlando and it was a blast! :)

We can be icons all our own.

11. Give in to the pressures of capitalism and buy the shit out of the merch and tie-in foodstuff.

Capitalism, amirite??? Such a drag! But also the way that Hollywood proves that things are worthy! If you've got the cash, it really will help the case if merchandise surrounding a lady-starring Ghostbusters goes wild.

Capitalism, amirite??? Such a drag! But also the way that Hollywood proves that things are worthy! If you've got the cash, it really will help the case if merchandise surrounding a lady-starring Ghostbusters goes wild.

12. Lay waste to their childhoods with your joy. Dance through all the male tears.

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Spoiler alert: Your joy at a movie in 2016 actually has zero impact on their childhoods, but shhh, they haven't seemed to have figured that out yet.

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