Nerd war breaks out over Patton Oswalt's criticism of movie critic's 'Ghostbusters' boycott.

Nerd war breaks out over Patton Oswalt's criticism of movie critic's 'Ghostbusters' boycott.
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Earlier this week, the Angry Video Game Nerd (or "James Rolfe" if you're a stickler for the original version of things) announced that he would not be seeing the new Ghostbusters movie, nor would he review it. Patton Oswalt teased him for being a movie reviewer who slams movies without seeing them, and now the part of the Internet made up of angry men with no social skills is all pissed off. Y'know, more than they are every single day.

You might be thinking to yourself, "But I thought all the angry video game nerds already announced their boycott months ago when they threw a tantrum over the all-female remake and bad trailer." Yes. Yes, they did. But then a new trailer came out (which was a little better), and the sensitive crybaby brigade started up again. Literally nothing here is new, but that didn't stop Rolfe from uploading a six-and-a-half-minute announcement that he would not be watching a movie, complete with the smuggest excerpt image in the history of YouTube:

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The video's content is entirely captured by the title, "Ghostbusters 2016. No Review. I Refuse." Which he could have just read aloud and saved everyone six minutes. He's pretty calm throughout, although he does also take part in concern trolling about Leslie Jones' character (which she says is based on herself), and states that Harold Ramis is "lucky" to be dead because he won't see this. If you already hated the idea of women being ghostbusters, this video is vindication from a respected Internet critic and nerd authority. But then Patton Oswalt weighed in.

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Oswalt didn't call Rolfe a misogynist, he didn't call him a loser, he didn't even choose to make fun of how Rolfe makes it sound like skipping a movie requires the bravery of assaulting a fortified position. He just made fun of his weird throat noises. Fair play.

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Oh, Oswalt's actually just criticizing Rolfe for being a movie critic who preemptively boycotts movies.

Oswalt even ceded that his beef isn't with Rolfe per se, but rather this whole war on Ghostbusters that ostensibly started over a bad trailer, but really started as soon as the cast was announced.

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Naturally, Rolfe's supporters, who seem to be mostly GamerGate/Trump/Alt-Right types, responded by teasing Patton Oswalt about his own fair game topic: Oswalt's very recently deceased wife Michelle McNamara. For example, this guy with a stylized, short-fingered Trump as his avatar:

https://twitter.com/adudeinaplace/status/732639071147712512

This GamerGater:

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https://twitter.com/orruna/status/732659662571458560

This #MAGA account with more hilarious "trigger" jokes in its profile (a very common theme among these men who are obsessed with one movie nobody is making them see):

Your standard neo-nazi troll:

https://twitter.com/Invadingjew/status/732747824081735681
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And another Alt-Right GamerGate loser:

What these all have in common is a surprisingly high number of favs and retweets from brigading allies. The people who really care that this movie is being made generally all share the same forums, and they've been really good at rallying behind this cause. You don't get the most-disliked trailer of all time just by word of mouth. They are invested in this fight.

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People don't go to see movies all the time, but you know what they don't usually do? Attack anyone who isn't vehemently angry and play false victim when they get called out on their bizarre fixation on the only remake that happens to be all women. But, for some reason (women), getting everyone to not see this particular movie is the hill these dudes are determined to die on.

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So, the nerds are divided. Oswalt thinks nerds should save their vehement rants for things they've already seen, and others think that Oswalt is an SJW feminazi slave. This is our world now. Hooray.

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