Portland Mercury Calls James Rolfe Misogynist For Not Seeing Ghostbusters Reboot
(Last Updated On: October 26, 2016)

Months after the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot from Sony tanked and has reportedly cost the studio $70 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter, small sites like the Portland Mercury are still issuing invectives aimed at people who didn’t like the film or even want to see it, such as Cinemasscre’s “Angry Video Game Nerd”, James Rolfe.

In a “Things To Do Listing” by various staff of The Portland Mercury, they listed a number of happenings around the Portland, Oregon area, including the Portland Retro Gaming Expo. Twitter user Lyde15 spotted a particular entry penned by Erik Henriksen on October 21st, 2016, which drives off on a tangent to smear Rolfe by stating…

“Avoid the events featuring one of the Expo’s special guests, James Rolfe—better known to gamers as the obnoxious YouTuber “The Angry Video Game Nerd,” and better known to everyone else as one of the jackasses behind last spring’s misogynist anti-Ghostbusters campaign. Make no mistake: The Portland Retro Gaming Expo is still totally worth going to. But Rolfe typifies the kind of outdated, exclusionary thinking that gives gamers a bad name.”

The left-field comment caught the ire of people who were outraged by Henriksen’s outrage over Rolfe choosing not to see the reboot of Ghostbusters. In fact, Rolfe didn’t get involved with the outrage of Ghostbusters so much as he simply gave his opinion on why he didn’t want to see it. You can view the video below.

Rolfe not wanting to see Ghostbusters had the media and certain male feminist attacking Rolfe, including Devin Faraci, who recently had to step down as editor-in-chief at Birth.Movies.Death over multiple sexual assault allegations. Kotaku in Action captured the tweets.

Realistically, male feminists have recently been outed for abuse against women, and being charged and arrested for rape. So Faraci seemed to be projecting more than making an observation.

Anyway, the reality is that Rolfe didn’t lead anything, and many people had no intentions of seeing the Ghostbusters reboot anyway (which ended up coming to pass, no matter what Rolfe, the director, the fans or the corrupt media had to say about it).

The Portland Mercury will likely receive quite a few hits over the whole ordeal given the amount of chatter surrounding Henriksen’s piece, but it certainly doesn’t change the fact that the only organized movement that worked against the Ghostbusters reboot was the media’s bias in labeling anyone who didn’t want to see the movie as a “sexist” “misogynist”.


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  • infamous

    its posted october 26th 2016 3 months after the movie is on dvd already.

    If one guy saying I won’t see youre movie and your shit posting like this

    means your movie is shit crap

    and btw I saw GB 2016 and its crap unwatchable.

  • Jeremy Campbell

    The outright lies fabricated against James Rolfe were never about activism — it was always about money, even from the beginning. Sony was afraid of Rolfe and Rolfe’s fans deciding to simply not see the movie, so they concocted a smear campaign against him in an attempt to short-circuit that: they labelled him as a misogynist despite the fact that he never utters a single word of bigotry or sexism in that entire video. What happened to James Rolfe is truly disgusting — and it makes me afraid that the same could happen to any one of us for speaking our minds. Are we going to be smeared with outright lies as well if we dare criticize a movie?

    • It already happened with #GamerGate for simply pointing out that journalists weren’t abiding by FTC regulation and also didn’t adhere to proper disclosure standards.

      Everyone was called a sexist, misogynistic racist transphobe and #GamerGate was labeled as a harassment campaign. The media is also doing the same thing to anyone not for Hillary Clinton, even though there is ample evidence that her campaign has broken multiple laws in an attempt to smear Trump. It’s disgusting.

  • Felix Ray

    James Rolfe is a smart guy who makes good videos, and I don’t think he’s a misogynist. His top 40 shitty shark movies videos is a classic. Good luck James, you’re one of the good ones.

  • Sacred Loc Nar

    These are all just the whines, cries, and death throes of the crybabies who still want this to be a relevant issue. Ghostbusters “Answer the Call” hit the ground flopping, skidded, crashed and burned. Feig screwed up an opportunity to revitazlize a treasured franchise. Instead we have this. Let it be dead for another 20 years. The moans of, I don’t know whoever actually liked this debacle, will fade completely soon enough.

  • Soli

    Proof positive that the person writing the article is an idiot who doesn’t know what James Rolfe, what he does, and how he approached all this. They inadvertently betrayed their own ignorance and their own bias (especially the claim that he created the whole sexist backlash, which Sony encouraged).

  • Mr Snow

    Dunno why I’m surprised by this behavior. He didn’t see the movie, he didn’t come back and say “It was awful” so that some radfems could call him a womynhaterz.

    He didn’t watch it, just wasn’t interested. There’s plenty of movies people aren’t interested in. I’m not interested Downtown Abbey, does that make me a hater of major domos and butlers?

    Actually, yes, Butlers cannot be trusted, as Tim Curry proved.

    BUT THE POINT IS… He said he’d watch an all female ghostbusters, I think we all would, but none of these girls have any appeal to the geeky guy type who grew up on ghostbusters. That’s the real problem there. They picked ones that appeal to the hipster crowd that thinks SNL is still funny. Then called the geeks that weren’t interested ‘mysogynists’. Then wondered why nobody came to their house to play.

  • Sky Commander

    I swear to god I don’t think any of these retards even watched his video he said nothing about hating woman. These imbeciles just want to push a BS narrative that the only reason people hate the new Ghostbusters because it stars women.

    Cause we all know it had nothing to do with childish, lame, jokes, piss poor characters, Haunted Mansion level designs and effect and all around just pissing on a beloved franchise it was all because we hate women (Sarcasm).

    • Soli

      According to the stars, studio and director, misogyny is the ONLY explanation, and not horribly weak writing, bad ad libbing, stale characters and bad special effects.

      • Felix Ray

        >>>According to the stars, studio and director, misogyny is the ONLY explanation, and not horribly weak writing, bad ad libbing, stale characters and bad special effects.

        This is a generalization based on a generalization. The idea that everybody who didn’t like the trailer must be sexist is a huge strawman. (Paul Feig was critical of the trailer.) We’re not talking about people who decided they didn’t want to see the movie, which is normal and reasonable. This is about an effort to control the narrative, to force an official truth which is why their heads start spinning when somebody disagrees.

        But there were certainly other forces at work besides misogyny. Youtube economics don’t reward waiting for the movie to come out, and reasonable, well-researched opinions. It’s all about being first, and about cranking out sweet sweet clickbait. That’s why there are 10 reviews of the first trailer for every review of the actual movie.

        I don’t think James Rolfe is a misogynist, and I’m sure he knows better than to release a video about a movie he hasn’t seen. He couldn’t resist. He just couldn’t sit on the sidelines while everybody else was getting all the attention. It was forgivable.

        I hope he gets to move on, and I agree the Portland Mercury doesn’t know shit about him.

        But some of these guys are incredibly thin-skinned about being criticized after attacking someone else’s work. By the time the movie came out, the narrative had shifted around to self-pity: “MELISSA MCCARTHY IS PICKING ON US!” When you attack someone, you’ll be criticized, and it’s not necessarily going to be criticism that you agree with, or is even going to be true. It’s what you sign on for.

        Let me be clear. I really love this movie, but if you don’t YOUR REASONS ARE NONE OF MY BUSINESS. I don’t care, and if you care about my opinion, I can’t imagine why.

        But trying to force an official narrative? That is a different thing.

  • Alistair

    If i hate Pizza, im basically a Pizza Hater, the thing is It doesn’t concern other people what your like or dislikes.

    Btw i told a little lie I basically like Pizza so Im a Pizza Loving Sexist misogyny Shitlord.

  • Laytonaster

    “Look at this limp dick loser”

    Yeah, his name is Devin Farici. Who got his ass kicked by a filmmaker he shit-talked. In one punch.

    • Hank_Henshaw

      …and, according to at least two women, a certifiable creep.

  • anopolis

    wouldn’t hurt to have a link where one could share ones opinion with the writer of said article. I’d hate to have him walk around all day without the proverbial bag of dicks he should be eating.

  • Felix Ray

    I think James Rolfe should be criticized for releasing a video that expresses a negative opinion about a movie he hasn’t seen.It was unfair and unprofessional.

    He should be criticized. He shouldn’t be bullied, harassed, boycotted, or insulted.

    • Maybe he got his judgement from the mainstream media who were constantly peddling the SJW/feminism, “this movie is great!”, and “nerds/fans do not have to be your audience” crap about this movie prior despite these outlets not seeing the movie yet either.

      It’s clear that the moment the roles were cast for this movie it was an attack on men and male/nerd culture.

      Even though he doesn’t say it himself, James Rolfe not seeing the movie is clearly him taking a stand against this PC/SJW/feminist that’s currently infesting and ruining entertainment media and culture.

      James Rolfe, being a popular and well-known public figure, should be applauded for not swallowing up the MSM’s propaganda and not bending over for the SJWs.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/971d97be6120fa5a9b19d567dc5125a65ce08f6e0c53339a284c781db2ac1970.jpg

      • Felix Ray

        If simply casting women in a movie is an an attack on your culture, your culture is doomed. So you should you should probably keep trolling movies.

        But here’s a tip:. Wait for the movie to come out before attacking it, and you’ll be taken seriously. Attack a movie before it comes out, and you won’t be taken seriously, even if you think you should be.

        Anyway my point was that I think James Rolfe should be left alone. He doesn’t deserve to carry this incident around for his whole life.

        Personally I love the new Ghostbusters movie partly because it’s not overly feminist the movie neither trivializes nor romanticizes women, and I consider that to be fresh take. I just bought it on Google Play. If you don’t like the movie, that’s your prerogative, and your reasons for not liking it are none of my business.

        • yourdogisdead

          The movie doesn’t exist in a vacuum. There was plenty of information about this movie available before it was released, nay, before it was FILMED, to make an informed opinion. If the critics were wrong about any of it, you might have a point.

          • Felix Ray

            If I was interested in having this stupid argument yet again, it would certainly be with someone who is better at it.

            All Im saying is that even though I don’t agree with what Rolfe did, and even though I love that movie, he should be left the fuck alone. Him especially, because he took more shit than anyone, and he didn’t deserve it.

            Gh, ostbusters flopped at the Box office, but currently

          • Sarah

            Rolfe had every right to say what he did. All he said he wasn’t going to see the movie due to the label of the movie just being known as Ghostbusters when the 1984 version was already known as that. If they wanted to do a remake they should’ve at least titled it Ghostbusters 2016 so not to confuse it with the original 1984 version. I don’t think he said anything bad about the movie itself. He was talking about the trailer. He just gave a reason why he wasn’t going to watch it or review it and that is his right to do so. As for the movie itself as someone who saw it and is a woman I thought this was a poorly made movie. Poor writing, poor character development, and poor movie effects. The movie bombed for a reason. It had nothing to do with the cast being all female. Nobody has a problem with an all female cast as long as the movie is good. Is it one of the worst films out there? No, but it’s not good either.

          • yourdogisdead

            No one cares if you agree with what Rolfe did. Who convinced you your opinion matters?

          • Felix Ray

            Well , everybody in here seems to care about my opinion quite a bit.

        • “If simply casting women in a movie is an an attack on your culture, your culture is doomed.”

          Nice try at character assassination via insinuation, but it hasn’t worked.

          There’s nothing wrong with casting women in a movie, but in this case it was clearly done to push a political agenda and quite frankly, to piss on male/nerd culture. The cast of women itself is not the issue.

          Unless you were living under a rock with your eyes blindfolded and ears plugged, you would see this SJW crap going on all over mainstream media, news media, academia, education, politics and entertainment media.

          “But here’s a tip:. Wait for the movie to come out before attacking it, and you’ll be taken seriously. Attack a movie before it comes out, and you won’t be taken seriously, even if you think you should be.”

          For the record, I personally held off from criticising the movie before it’s release, so that doesn’t apply to me. I was talking about James Rolfe.

          And besides, I could also take what you said and apply to it the other side as well. And unlike James, they used all kinds of despicable shaming tactics to do it. You know, the mainstream media feminist retards who were bigging this movie up and claiming it an instant success because “muh equality & wymmin in lead rolez screw the men hur hur”. And anyone who had criticized it was immediately bullied, harassed, slandered and labelled a “sexist” and “misogynist”. That’s still happening now.

          James Rolfe was nice, polite and reasonable in his reason in deciding to not watch the movie. He didn’t attack anyone who liked it. Now if looked at the opposite side, you cannot say the same.

          “So you should you should probably keep trolling movies.”

          I don’t troll movies. I piss over political correctness, propaganda and SJW-feminists.

          • Felix Ray

            >>Nice try at character assassination via insinuation, but it hasn’t worked.

            You should consider it advice.

          • I don’t need that “advice” because I do not consider casting women as an attack on male/nerd culture.

            Give it up and stop trying to insinuate something that isn’t true.

          • Felix Ray

            >>I don’t need that “advice” because I do not consider casting women as an attack on male/nerd culture.

            Give it up and stop trying to insinuate something that isn’t true.

            Okay, as long as you DONT try to explain to me why you appeared to say the opposite two posts ago.

          • You referring to the following sentence I said?

            “It’s clear that the moment the roles were cast for this movie it was an attack on men and male/nerd culture.”

            Funny how you took that sentence alone, took it out of context and ignored what I said BEFORE and AFTER that sentence, which I clearly suggest that the political propaganda is why I think it’s an attack on male/nerd culture.

            Let me re-post them for you:

            “Maybe he got his judgement from the mainstream media who were constantly peddling the SJW/feminism misandrist propaganda, “this movie is great because vagina!”, and “nerds/fans do not have to be your audience” crap about this movie prior despite these outlets not seeing the movie yet either.”

            “Even though he doesn’t say it himself, James Rolfe not seeing the movie is clearly him taking a stand against this PC/SJW/feminist that’s currently infesting and ruining entertainment media and culture.”

            Additionally, you seem to have completely ignored Paul Feig’s antics prior production, during production, after production, and post-launch of the movie. Go look it up, you’ll see how him and virtually the entire MSM shits on men and male nerd culture. Because you know, gotta push that feminist political agenda.

        • Bret Hart

          “If simply casting women in a movie is an an attack on your culture, your culture is doomed.”

          No one hated it because it was women being casted as the Ghostbusters, we grew up with female ghostbusters before in the animated series.

          “So you should you should probably keep trolling movies.”

          Saying a movie doesn’t look entertaining from its preview trailer isn’t trolling. Its general observation.

          “But here’s a tip:. Wait for the movie to come out before attacking it, and you’ll be taken seriously. Attack a movie before it comes out, and you won’t be taken seriously, even if you think you should be.”

          Too bad Sony didn’t get you’re memo and went on full on attack mode before the film was released. Anyone who tried to rationally criticise this movie was instantly labelled a sexist or woman hater. Sony deleted well thought out criticism and purposely leaving trolling comments on the trailer videos. Paul Feig then attacked going off on tantrums and even making a video telling anyone who disagreed with how the film was turning out by making a film saying how men are not funny ever.

          It was their job to be professional and convince people to go see their movie but they did the exact opposite and paid for it.

          “Anyway my point was that I think James Rolfe should be left alone. He doesn’t deserve to carry this incident around for his whole life.”

          The bitter journalists need to let it go. He isn’t carrying this at all, his moved on. Monster Madness is running now and his videos bring him in tons of views with money and he hasn’t mentioned the Ghostbusters reboot once. He won.

          “Personally I love the new Ghostbusters movie, partly because it’s not overly feminist. The movie neither trivializes nor romanticizes women, and I consider that to be fresh take. I just bought it on Google Play. If you don’t like the movie, that’s your prerogative, and your reasons for not liking it are none of my business.”

          Good for you, since this is a public forum I’ll tell you what I thought of the film. I saw it on a stream and thought it was a shit film. I’ve seen better films with female leads. The new Ghostbusters weren’t funny, the special effects were somehow out done by the older films. I’m glad I didn’t pay to watch it and James Rolfe was right. It was a souless reboot no different than the Robocop or Total Recall movies.

          • Felix Ray

            Character assassination? Okay.

            I can see this has been time well spent.

          • Felix Ray

            Well, GamesGoodMeGood said:

            >>It’s clear that the moment the roles were cast for this movie it was an attack on men and male/nerd culture.

            And that’s what I was responding to. Of course, he seemed to deny it in his next post, and then he accused me of character assassination. I don’t know; it’s all for fun.

    • VLOCKUP

      Should he? I mean, it’s not like he is obligated to see it. Or even review it. I don’t see why it should be “professional” since he did express and responds to people who asking about that 2016 movie. If anything, he is polite and honest about not wanting to see it.

      And let’s be fair, the movie is not even that good. Average and fill with jokes about previous Ghostbusters movies.

      That, and the cast is simply jokes. It’s better rename the movie as “Ghostbusters Movie” in similar sense like Scary Movie series.

    • Alistair

      That i would agree with, to a point, the point is he didn’t go to watch it so he cant criticism of the film of what parts of the film trouble him.

      I didn’t go watch the film too, as i took my own advice as i read more about the film, from other commenters.

      tbh i had a feeling before all this farce happen with social junkies feminists diversity crap force on us. A reboot is really hard to pull off.

      Everything is not easy to pull off.

      So i didn’t see it, and before the film was released, Im already been called a Sexist, misogyny, racist shitlord. As a gamer.

    • MusouTensei

      No he shouldn’t be criticised for making the wise decision to not watch Queefbusters, he made this video to explain to people wanting him to review it, why that is not going to happen. At the time there were already enough trailers to see that this movie is a piece of shit, besides the behind the scenes garbage.

    • derklempner

      “I think James Rolfe should be criticized for releasing a video that expresses a negative opinion about a movie he hasn’t seen.”

      He didn’t express any opinion about the movie. He simply expressed his opinion about the trailers for the movie. And his opinion of the trailers (and perhaps the social and/or political opinions injected into the movie) was what made him decide to not see the movie and not review it.

      I’m all for criticizing people (myself included) when criticism is warranted. But it’s not warranted in this case. So while you try to make false claims as to why Rolfe is guilty of things he’s plainly not doing, you might want to make some factual claims first, or else you look as back as Henriksen does in his Portland Mercury “reporting”.

      • Felix Ray

        Readers of English (if there are any in here) will note that I said that Rolfe should be criticized, not boycotted or harassed. That last part is supposed to be the important part. And hes actually been criticized enough Just leave the fuck alone.

        And everybody else as well. Ghostbusters has happened.Time to agree to disagree.

        • derklempner

          Wow, you just repeated what I quoted you saying and what I responded to. I didn’t claim you should be boycotted or harassed, just that your reasons for even criticizing him were misplaced.

          If you’re going to appeal to “[r]eaders of English”, perhaps you should try to comprehend it yourself first?

    • Plisskin

      What’s unfair and unprofessional about the choice of avoiding a movie due to your own personal principles? Remember, James Rolfe is not a critic being paid to review movies.

      • Felix Ray

        Nothing at all.

  • Kage

    “…obnoxious YouTuber “The Angry Video Game Nerd.”

    That’s pretty much proof right there that this twat doesn’t even know who James Rolfe is.

    I don’t like YouTubers. Most of them are awful, deluded screaming cunts that represent everything that’s wrong with modern society.

    But Rolfe is one of the few I both like and respect. He’s a genuinely good dude that is always chill, seems to genuinely love games and movies, and works hard to raise money for charity (whilst pricks like Jim Sterling get $10,000 a month for doing practically nothing). I’ve greatly enjoyed his work over the last decade, primarily because he refuses to taint his videos with garbage like politics, news and other controversies.

    • Alistair

      The ones that screaming are SJWs, when they not screaming is they talk calmly, and the anti-SJWs that screams hypocrisy and censorship, diversity.

      or you putting “Awful Deluded screaming cunts” Anti-Sjws in that basket.

      Because it’s Not Anti-Sjws that is wrong with modern society, it’s them cunts.

      They destroyed page 3 girls in UK apart from One, They destroyed playboy, they try their dam best to destroy the video games industry. Like in films, books etc etc.

      Regression leftists feminist Cunts.

      Now i agree about jim, he doing what Antia been doing. I been criticise them of being Cunts, i dont get Paid for saying that.

      Antia And all feminist lobbyists then get Paided for criticism of a certain kind of media and make it they Living.

      So forced diversity, censorship comes from lobbyists that get paided for a living is what really wrong with modern society today.

    • Mr.Towel

      Even more obnoxious is Erik Henriksen complete lack of knowledge.
      AVGN was one of the first serious internet celebrities. Back in the day, there was very few like him and it was only him and Nostalgia Critic that managed to achieve notorious status. These guys led the movement which created these waves of everyone trying to be an internet celebrity by reviewing media on streaming sites.

      Not only that, but AVGN is a pretty respected figure inside retro games and cult movies circles.

      Erik Henriksen is just a dick.

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  • Guillermo Cervantes

    Sorry, but when one of the deadbeat writers from such a site still has the gall to say such things towards a well respected individual like James Rolfe the way he did, the credibility of The Portland Mercury should have hit rock bottom in record time.

    And the other guy who called Rolfe and limp-dick loser… I bet he used that buzzword when women he tried to accost sexually called his manhood for what it was.

  • Gorgon

    Honestly, these accusations are so incredibly retarded, I can’t see how general public can possibly take any of this seriously. Even from virtue signaling perspective this is counterproductive.

  • AceOfAces_Mod

    Apparently, they can’t accept that everybody, regardless of their gender, have their own opinion. Instead, they decide to ruin lives.