Ghostbusters is the gift that keeps on giving. This week Sony decided to get so weirdly political that it allowed the official Ghostbusters account to give Hillary Clinton’s campaign an endorsement with the #ImWithHer hashtag on Twitter. The company then went full-1984 and flushed the tweet down the Memory Hole when the Internet called the company out on its actions.

Imagine a world where every company acts like Sony’s Paul Feig. You would have Frosted Flakes commercials along the lines of, “They’re grrrrrrrrreat! (for Republicans).”

Perhaps you would have Schick razor commercials “for him” that are really “with her,” (i.e., Hillary Clinton). The possibilities are endless.

Check out the video below to see how this decision totally undercuts the claim that Ghostbusters was not made for politically correct reasons, and why Sony’s Orwellian actions afterward are important to remember.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

8 comments

    1. “Saw this on Facebook earlier today. Sony’s really gone off the deep end.”

      I really thought we were going to be able to put Ghostbusters behind us…and then this happened. Haha! I couldn’t believe it.

  1. Well said. You said we need to shine a giant spotlight on these things. I call that dragging it out into the sunlight. Same idea.

    Speaking of movies, this is actually a good reference to Gaslighting, 1944, Ingrid Bergman. Gaslighting is a popular reference to describes a form of psychological abuse in which the victim is gradually manipulated into doubting his or her perceptions. Pretty much sums up our culture and politics right now.

    1. “Gaslighting is a popular reference to describes a form of psychological abuse in which the victim is gradually manipulated into doubting his or her perceptions. Pretty much sums up our culture and politics right now.”

      It’s easy for people who don’t particularly have a firm understanding of why they believe what they believe to fall victim to that sort of thing. If all the major institutions says, “Think this way…” it’s easy for people who have never really done a serious examination of their own worldview to go with the flow.

  2. I’ve long believed we’re long past the point-of-no-return. It’s not that people want to divide us; it is that they have divided us and are fanatical about ramping up their war even more. Fine. I advocate for fighting back. I don’t have anything in common with at least half the people in the nation any longer.

  3. Did you get a load of Paul Feig’s response to Sony deleting this tweet?

    “This is the first I’m hearing about this but I guarantee that none of us — producers or filmmakers — would have taken this tweet down,” Feig told TheWrap Friday after learning about the studio’s decision to remove the tweet on Wednesday, one day after it was posted to outcry from some conservatives.

    “We are pro-woman and all about smashing the glass ceiling and we support the message of this deleted tweet,” the director said. “And I personally am very much pro-Hillary.”

    http://www.thewrap.com/ghostbusters-director-paul-feig-sony-deleting-hillary-clinton-tweet/

    Wow. So, back in September, when he said tweeted that we should embrace a “new generation” that’s getting their own version–he was referring to liberals?

    1. Thanks for sharing this, Ken. I appreciate it. I’ve been running around doing stuff for a friend’s wedding, so I didn’t see this yet.

      Feig’s comment is so telling. He’s been exposed. Instead of admitting that it was inappropriate to use #Imwithher, he doubles down on stupid.

      The original Ghostbusters never made it seem like women couldn’t bust ghosts…so even touting the all-female cast as an accomplishment is lame. On almost every level Paul Feig has failed with this movie.

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